Week of November 1, 2017

Artichokes are hardy down to zone 6, but they do need care before the cold winter temperatures set in. Cut back last years flower stocks to about 6” and tie up the remaining leaves with a piece of twine. Apply a thick layer of compost around the base of the plant and top off with about 8 inches of straw. Asparagus is hardy down to zone 4 and needs a little care in the fall. When the ferns start to turn yellow to brown, cut them back to about 2 inches. Apply about 2–3” of compost and cover with a mulch such as rice straw to a depth of about 4–6”.