Category: Garden

Artichokes: Harvest and Eat

Not many people know that the artichoke is from the same family as thistles, so I learnt from the plants already in abundance and have had much success growing artichokes. However, artichokes can be difficult to prepare for the dinner table if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s my recipe for a baked artichoke dip that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Video Tour: Cardoons and Artichokes. Delicious to eat for humans and insects.

The first thing you see when you enter the Freedom Farm veggie garden are the Cardoons and the Artichokes. These spectacular plants are not only delicious to humans but also a very necessary part of the diet of insects. Every year I always leave a few Artichokes for the beetles and the Cardoons too, not just for beetles but for bees also. Right now there’s not a huge amount out there for bees and you can see many of them enjoying this rare treat.

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March at the Freedom Farm.

March is one of the best months here in Maella, the weather is warm in the day and cool at night and all the birds, insects and wildflowers are coming out to enjoy the mild temperatures. We have been working hard in the garden, getting ready for a new season and eating the last of the winter cauliflowers before they run to seed.

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