Still Crazy About Cardoons

Cardoon seedlings

Cardoon seedlings

Look what's growing in my basement...cardoons. 

I can already picture them lining my driveway and amongst my fig trees. It's not easy to find cardoon transplants for sale at garden centres, so I grow this plant from seed.

My friend Niki Jabbour's new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans that Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden is out. I'm stoked about her book--and stoked about the plan I contributed, which brings together fig trees, cardoons, lavender, and chard in my Fig-Pig patio.

The bold, angular, grey cardoon leaves amongst the deep green, lobed leaves of my fig trees inspired this design.

I talk about cooking cardoon in my talk Crops That Wow. Visit my upcoming talks page to see when I'm next giving this talk in your area.

To learn more about Niki's book, visit her website,