I started the artichokes from seed and then moved them into a raised garden bed to grow a bit. Once they were fairly established, I moved them into the yard. I don’t have to protect these plants from the dogs the way I have to protect most of my vegetables but they needed to be large enough for the dogs not to trod on them! Plus, I would like them to be part of the permanent landscaping.
Some people have a difficult time transferring artichokes due to the long taproot, however, my raised garden beds use a very friable soil – Mel’s Mix (equal parts compost, vermiculite & peat moss) for Square Foot Gardening. The soil is friable so it is easy to pull up the long taproot undisturbed. I grew and moved 4 artichoke plants and they all survived!
When transplanting them, I dug a hole large enough for the long taproot. I placed the artichokes in and filled the hole with compost. I watered them daily with sun-warmed water until they were established.
I let the first artichoke flower: