Cooler Weather and shorter daylight hours will soon bring an end to many garden pest. Soil temperatures are still well above 64 degrees which will allow your seed to quickly germinate and grow to a harvest able size for garden fresh salads long before your first hard frost.
If I didn’t screw up on my math, I still have enough time to plant and harvest a small crop of radishes, beets and lettuce before I get my first hard frost of the season. Why radish, beets and lettuce? Because those are seeds I had left over from my garden spring planting.
I have a real weakness for fresh home grown radish, lettuce, red onion and feta cheese salads. Grin … a few Greek oil packed olives is a special treat that I can’t often afford.
I will try container growing them this time. I have stirred up the soil well in my containers, I’m adding a good dose of 10-10-10 fertilizer. After planting I will lightly cover the containers with a layer of grass hay mulch to retain moisture in my containers and help keep me from washing my seeds out of the soil when I water.
Containers have such a small amount of soil which allows soil nutrients to quickly leach out the bottom of your containers. I recommend lightly fertilizing often. It seems to me a light application of fertilizer is beneficial to your plants applied every 2 or 3 weeks during the growing season. A little bit goes a long ways in a container.
Container grown Garlic Clean wash and sterilize your pots/containers in bleach water. Rinse well, when dry, add a bit of soil leaving 5 inches from soil level to top of your container. Place your garlic cloves, pointy end up! About 3 inches apart, gently cover cloves with 3 to 4 inches of soil. Water well. Don’t forget to water your garlic. Just because you don’t see leaves above ground, your garlic cloves still need to be watered. Soil should be slightly damp not soggy wet. Never allow the soil to become bone dry.
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