This is the first artichoke of the season to be harvested...I hope I didn't harvest it too soon. From what I read it should be okay. I also learned that the artichoke plant is a perennial...how cool is that!
I also read that when you cut off the artichoke that you should cut back the entire stem. Eventually you will cut the whole plant down...but I still need to read more about that.
Below are some random pictures of my garden as of today ~ it is looking pretty (though there are many weeds that need to be pulled).