Because most of the commercial artichokes come from California, people assume that they won’t grow in our shorter season areas. Actually you can grow edible artichokes here. They are not heavy producers and take up a bit of space but they are still not hard to grow and a fresh artichoke is always tastier than store bought.
This is a great site for a quick glance at our chance for hail each day. This is the time of year hail is frequent and devastating. Click here for some strategies for dealing with hail.