When I took a gardening class this past spring, I was surprised to learn that artichokes can be grown in Northeast Ohio. I love artichokes, but thought they were only for milder climates like California or Italy. Plus, I'd never seen seeds or seedlings for artichokes in any of the garden stores around here so it just never occurred to me to plant them.
However, on the recommendation of the class instructor (a local professional farmer/gardener), I found artichoke seeds online at Johnny's Selected Seeds. For less than $5, it seemed a worthwhile experiment; plus, if the seeds didn't actually bear fruit, they supposedly produce pretty plants, so why not try? I ordered a packet of seeds and sowed them directly in the ground in early May.