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Old 03-30-2012, 02:12 AM   #91
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The pics are of the garlic I planted in the autumn and the left over seed pots that I kept from last yrs crop.
The garlic is interesting because it is 50% of the proper expensive cloves that I bought from the garden center, 25% of cloves that I grew and 25% of ordinary garlic cloves from the veg counter in tesco.They all look the same to me.

I stored about 150lbs of pots from last yrs crop, we sorted out all the little pots and put them in a hessian sack, low and behold they chitted. We had so many we gave loads away and planted about 200.Clic on pic to expand.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #92
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When do you harvest garlic? Asking for a friend who planted garlic last year & doesn't know when to pull it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:51 PM   #93
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What does it mean that the potatoes "chitted"?
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:24 AM   #94
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When do you harvest garlic? Asking for a friend who planted garlic last year & doesn't know when to pull it.
Fluffy, end of may beginning of june if the weather stays good.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:33 AM   #95
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What does it mean that the potatoes "chitted"?
Tax, the little eyelets start growing. This allow you to plant the seed pot earlier as you have given it a kick start.When the soil has warmed up in May you can plant non chitted pots from the supermarket and get a crop after 13 weeks.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:20 AM   #96
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OK, before I go MIA, I'm going to tell a couple of odd stories of gardening things that can happen.

A friend of mine, as most people in Galena, lives on a hill. She planted seeds for baby bok choi in her vegetable garden, about 2 years ago. WE had a huge storm, and her bok choi never came up. In the fall,she looked down her lawn and saw weird leaves growing out of her lawn.

Yes, bok choi. The seeds had drifted during a storm and taken root in her lawn. Yes, I was lucky enough to benefit!

One time, I swear, I was at wit's end. I couldn't get cilantro to live, come hell or high water, where we lived in Florida.

My husband, one day, was mowing our (way too much) lawn, and said, Isn't this some herb? Cilantro ... growing in the middle of our lawn,when I coudln't get it to grow in my lovely square foot garden. For a whole season, he'd get ready to mow the lawn, and I'd go out and clip the cilantro. It came back, and back and back again. I lived there for six years, and never could get it to grow in my garden without bolting immediately. But that one stupid plant lived that whole season (about a year), in the middle of the lawn.

Go figger.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:23 PM   #97
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Finally got the collards, swiss chard, mustard, mesculan lettuce, spinach, radishes, and carrots in yesterday. There is still a little room, so we may be putting in a few extra things.

And hooray! Asparagus is up and doing well. I put composted manure in their bed yesterday after we finished planting 25 Nanking Bush Cherry bushes.

The beets, turnips, and kale we planted last week are up. Some of the sweet onions are up also. My perennial onion bed is doing wonderfully. The grape vines we planted a couple of weeks ago are doing good also.

The tiny crabapple and pear trees we planted a couple of weeks ago are doing fine, but the plum trees look dead.

We will be starting to transplant irises to make way for the cucumber, yellow squash, and zucchini bed next week.

Bugs are nibbling on my cabbage plants so I had to hit them with a little Sevin dust.

Moles are not yet in my raised beds, but they are reeking havoc in my lawn!
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #98
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I really use to try to not use chemicals when I had a garden. So did some research and found that bugs do not like certain plants. Like Marigolds. So I used to plant them throughout the garden in the middle of a row. A lot of plants give off an unpleasant odor, thus repelling the bugs.
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I try not to use poisons either, but sometimes it is them or me. In this case my cabbage plants would not have had a chance if I hadn't.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #100
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Goodness, Leolady! You've been busy!

I've been using Pyola spray from Gardens Alive, an organic company, for years. It's a combo of pyrithrins and canola oil, and works like magic on all sorts of critters. Takes care of the sawfly larvae, Mexican bean beetles, rose slugs, flea beetles, aphids, you name it.

They used to offer $25 coupons, and I got my Pyola for free for years. Felt kinda bad about that. Now they give you $25 off when you purchase $50 worth of stuff, which is still a good deal.

My apple tree and blueberries are blooming like crazy. Hope we don't get a hard freeze. Will have to work on blueberry protection, something got all but 5 blueberries last year!
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