|Â September 2011 ||www.bountea.comÂ Â|
|Dear Reader,Â Â |
This is a strange gardening time for me.Â As my house gets built, I feel less energy to grow things in the rental garden.Â At the same time, with construction, it is not easy to see what needs to be done in my mountain garden.Â I know the soil and remaining shrubs need protection, so I will plant some cover crops and put down leaf mulch – not very exciting.What I would like to do is plant garlic.Â I usually have a stellar crop and now is the time to start planning.Â Below is an article that I hope will stimulate you to try it this year – if you haven’t before.Garlic is a healer and protector.Â I use it all around the garden (see Deer Deterrent).Â It is one of the most effective and powerful remedies against winter sore throats and colds.Â Here is a recipe I use constantly:
Whenever you feel your throat starting to tickle, take a spoonful of garlic honey and hold it in your mouth and throat for a minute of so.Â It will burn a little and cause you to have nasty garlic breath, but it kills all those throat germs dead.Â This remedy is not for the fainthearted – but it works.
Enjoy the joys of garlic!
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|September/October Garden Tasks|
Â (September 15th – October 15th)
The key phrase for this season is Protect the Soil.Â Drying winds and harsh frosts can kill off essential soil microbes.Â Keep them safe for the winter.Â
|Planting GarlicGrowing garlic is easy.Â You take a clove, pop it into the soil in October and harvest it in July.Â That’s it.|
Now for the the details.Â Garlic come in two basic varieties:
All garlic likes a fertile, well-drained, richly-composted soil that holds enough moisture during the winter.Â Plant in full sun.
Choose varieties that grow well in your area by asking at your local farmers market.Â There are numerous wonderful hard-neck varieties that come from all over the world that you can purchase on the web.Â I love the German and Russian varieties, some of which have purple skins.Â You can try ordinary store-bought garlic but it may not form big heads in your area.
Choose the largest, fattest cloves and plant 2″ deep with the root end down, about 4″ apart.Â Protect with a row cover and keep slightly moist but not too wet.Â Be ready to mulch well as winter comes.Â Apply a good dose of Bountea with Root Web but no M3.
In spring, as the green spikes come up, pull away the mulch and again apply Bountea, but this time with M3.Â If you are growing hard-neck varieties, the plant will produce a tall spike called a scape.Â Break this off and use for cooking – it has a lovely mild flavor.
Harvest in July when the outer leaves are turning brown.Â These outer leaves will form the papery skin protecting the garlic for storage.
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