Yes, I have chickens. Also use my horse and garden/house debris. I don't know why I have such a hard time with nitrogen. Everything is piled on the compost and my husband turns it with the tractor several times a year. Of course, the chickens keep it stirred up, too!Do you have chickens Marsha? I compost my chicken manure and use that every spring. It is really good for adding nitrogen. It does need to be composted though and not used fresh.
I hope your artichoke survives! I find mine to be really hardy.
Nashi and Packhams & I think the other is a Williams Pear.Ryan, what kind of pears do you have?