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Old 05-31-2012, 11:47 PM   #191
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Is your daughter in Boston, Addie? You're in zone 6. A lot of thymes are marginally hardy in zone 5. I've used mulch on mine, and they've croaked anyway! Used to replace them every year, now I just dig 'em up and bring 'em in, replant in the spring.

The creeping thyme is hardy to zone 4, but mine has little to no flavor.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:52 PM   #192
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That's to bad because we have been using the up side down method for five years with great results.
A friend who lives in Mexico uses the upside down method with great success too.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:41 AM   #193
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Garlic & onions

just got back from a couple of days with bolas & madge.last november we planted overwintering japanese white onions,reds & thermidor garlic.madge lifted them this week & they are now in the shed drying ready for storage.i guess you don't know what an onion or garlic tastes like 'til you've had fresh.... they are sweet,sweet,sweet!!
the garlics are damn near the same size as the onions so maybe there are some pluses for the lousy weather with all the rain we've had this year!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:55 AM   #194
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They look great Harry

The garlic looks huge...that is really good and I bet they taste lovely...nothing like homegrown
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:03 AM   #195
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They look great Harry

The garlic looks huge...that is really good and I bet they taste lovely...nothing like homegrown
g'day mate
they are sweeeeeet,i was eating chunks of raw onion like an apple & the garlic is sweet enough to finely chop & sprinkle on food raw.nice kick of heat from the garlic too!
never grown thermidor garlic before but will be planting twice as many this autumn!
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:40 AM   #196
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Things are just starting to take off now. Here are a few of my pix. Tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. These are on the deck and patio, our other garden is at my MIL's house. We have potatoes, beans, carrots and onions over there.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:51 AM   #197
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It's great seeing everyone's garden pix.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:58 PM   #199
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I can tell you what's not there...

Onions... I pulled them today.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:31 PM   #200
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Is your daughter in Boston, Addie? You're in zone 6. A lot of thymes are marginally hardy in zone 5. I've used mulch on mine, and they've croaked anyway! Used to replace them every year, now I just dig 'em up and bring 'em in, replant in the spring.

The creeping thyme is hardy to zone 4, but mine has little to no flavor.
Yes, she is right around the corner from me. I think one of the reasons folks in this area are so successful in growing gardens, is because the ocean is only a block from us. Every morning in the summer there is fog covering the plant life. So even in a drought, the plants seem to be very happy. Go inland a mile or two and you have to put more effort into caring for the garden.

I have a theory of my own why this is. Folks who raise roses know that Epsom salts are very good for the flower. And I think the salt air does the same for the plant life close to the ocean. We have one of the last salt water marshes in this area Belle Isle Marsh. It is loaded with natural plant life that comes up through the salt sea water. In the summer you see folks there cutting down Cat O Nine Tails, and other plant life. Then next year that patch comes back even better. Cape Cod is a peninsular. When you get to Truro and Provincetown, you can walk from Cape Cod Bay to the Atlantic Ocean in less than five minutes. The land mass is very narrow. The sand dunes are covered with salt marsh grass. It holds the dunes in place. I don't kow the chemistry, but I think the salt air is good for plant life.
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