Lest ya'll think I have nothing but gardening successes, I'm going to share a gardening failure that is totally baffling to me.
Look at these fabulous artichokes. This picture was taken in January 2012.
This is the same bed this year. What happened? I wish I knew. I have some theories, but what confuses me is that I have plants in other beds that look pretty good. The happy looking plants have very similar growing conditions. That's the confusing part.
Look at this poor little plant. How sad. I think I left a heavy weight row cover on the plants for too long. When I finally removed the cover, the plants where covered in aphids and other bugs.
Another bed some distance away has artichoke plants that are looking good. I covered this bed as well, but the wind whipped the cover off, so the plants got more air flow. I'm thinking that extra air flow made the difference in the happy plants.
This is my best hope for artichokes this year. I have 3 healthy looking plants, so all is not lost.
Gardening is iffy at best. Some years you get diamonds,
|Artichoke in Bloom, June 2012|
and some years, you do your shopping at HEB.