It is that time of the year again when the Artichokes need to have there slips taken off to start new plants, we do not like to do this job too early as the new crop will start to fruit while the other crop is in fruit, making the season shorter, we do this every year, it is why we have four rows, each year two rows are lifted and slips (offsets from the main plant) taken off and planted in new beds, the plants that were the slips last year will fruit first and the new slips will fruit later in the summer which is a great thing as it means we have a very long season of fruit, from May till November in a good year. The roots did seem to be good on the slips already, I hope they take as well as they did last year and they say we are going to have two days of rain, perfect to get things going. 




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