Discussion in 'Fruit and Veg Gardening' started by Dirtmechanic, Jul 28, 2019.
The weather may break next week and I will plant spinach.
Isn't it ridiculous that the last bunch of hot weather is into October?!?
@Dirtmechanic - WOW - your area is definitely HOT. Shot right past warm to HOT. (Wish we had a bit of that here)
They were off a bit as usual.
Our fall garden is beginning to be planted. The broccoli starts and garlic went in today, well-watered. We are to have rain tonight and tomorrow, so Tuesday I may get to plant the lettuces and sugar peas. If it doesn't rain, there are some local meteorologists in deep trouble!
First week here with no 90s in sight. About time!
I think Fall is typically the time to plant Garlic however I've never had any luck growing it. I've gone on the assumption it grows like an onion but mostly my Garlic has never amounted to anything.
Islandlife, give garlic one more chance. It likes to be planted about 2" deep in loose soil, watered well, and fertilized at planting and again when the green shoots appear with a mild fertilizer (I use composted steer manure). When we are dry here in Texas, I water weekly. Garlic, like onions, has a high water content.
You don't have to buy "fancy" garlic online or from a nursery. I just picked up a few bulbs at the local grocery, planted them, and now save a few heads for planting the next crop.
All good advice MG. I love my garlic crop. I guess it does need water to do well, but other than that it is easy. I hope you will have better luck @Islandlife .
You have to trick garlic. You plant it about 25-35 days before frost with the intention that frost will wreck the plant up top. Its a root crops see? and biennial, so by allowing it to develop its own adolescent phytohormones by coming up to a greenery which is purely sacrificial, the plant will consider this short period one whole year of growth, and after the chill hours will grow the bulb you are wanting to harvest next year. So see its really about getting a short plant up and watching it die back in the age of facebook where everybody wants to support everything all the time in every way and in this case Mother Nature has a need for you to exhibit patience.
Thanks guys - I'll give it one more try. I get lots of rain here so that is rarely a problem. I've tried the bulbs in the store but here they just don't grow. I've also tried elephant garlic from a Nursery and just the regular garlic but they've never done anything other than die.
I have raised beds that have been well fertilized years with steer manure and the soil IN the beds was purchased so it turns out really good crops of everything else - just not garlic.
Dirt, my garlic stays green through the winter....underneath all our snow & the mulch I put over it. At least I think it does. I'll watch it more carefully this year.
Did more putting the garden to bed today:. Clipped back perennials, daylilies, & irises. Collected plant stakes, shovelled some compost. Healed in some plants that I don't know where to plant yet. Still more to do, but Garden is looking good.
Our garlics may, or may not. We can get down to 10f, but usually not.We have no snow for insulation though, and no real freeze depth either which is kinda neat except for grafted plants.
That's just what I will be doing! Oh, the Kale keeps on producing,
Mine too! (Kale that is) And the Swiss chard. And the leeks.
I just took down my temporary mini green house today. I was sheltering some potted tomatoes, peppers and parsley in it. But snow is forecasted so away it must go. I now have lots of green tomatoes on my window sills.
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