While we were cleaning out the garden, we cut the artichoke plants down, covered them with sawdust, then several thick layers of newspaper, and finally some netting to keep the newspapers from blowing away. We would have used leaves, but the trees haven't dropped enough yet. Now we're crossing our fingers that the plants will survive the winter and really produce next year. The Prudent Homemaker was able to harvest 100+ artichokes last year. (this fact triggers salivating...)The part without newspaper is where the onions are. We harvested the bigger ones and left the small ones for next year.