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Flowering Bulbs and Spring Harvested Garlic

Spring and Summer Blooming Bulbs: I will not repeat what so many others have spent so much time putting into print about Fall planting Spring Flowering Bulbs. I encourage you to visit Bulbs & More at the University of Illinois Extension Bulb Basics for a useful and easy to understand fact sheet on Spring and Summer blooming bulbs. This fact sheet covers everything from soil preparation, planting, care before during and after blooming. You will also find info on Planting & Care, Spring Flowering Bulbs to Landscaping with bulbs.

Fall Planted Garlic: The same information applies to your Fall planted Garlic cloves for Spring and Summer harvested crops.

For those of you that live in the Northern, colder parts of the U.S. information provided by the The University of Minnesota may be useful in designing and planning your flowering bulb gardens.

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Winters Last Blast?

march snow It’s damn cold and the ground is covered with a thin sheet of ice, a 1/4 of sleet and then about 2 inches of March snow. Brrrrrr.
My weather guy said that temperatures will be in the 60’s by Saturday/Sunday and in the low 70’s by middle of next week.

My onion sets (160 of them) are setting in the bottom of the refrigerator waiting for a few warm days so I can till my garden plot one more time before planting my onion patch. I have red and yellow onion sets but will buy another 160 sets of white onions after the soil is warm and dry enough for a second planting of onions. I’m trying to space planting dates so all of my onions are not harvest ready on the same day this summer.

The warm fall weather caused my garlic patch to sprout and was about 3 inches tall when our first really cold blast arrived. Garlic has been killed back to ground level. I’m hoping that it will recover and still produce a useable size garlic harvest.

shop-framing My son-n-laws(SNL) work shop was erected by myself, son-n-law, #1 grandson with the help from SNL’s sister and his brother-n-law on an old existing concrete slab where a few years back a small wood frame house stood. It appears that the slab had been mixed and poured by hand. Really a bad concrete job. Very un-level and so many cracks and chip-outs that it was almost unusable.

shop-dryed-in We (Grin mostly he) spent several days sweeping, chipping out bad spots and power washing to ready it for us to pour a 2 inch thick quality (4,500 PSI) concrete cap. Truck arrived, dumped his load of concrete where we wanted it and (Son-n-law and #1 grandson) spread and finished the floor cap. Looks really good. It’s now smooth free of large cracks and chip-outs. Very nice useable work shop floor.

If you care, that thing sticking out of the shop door is a 12 ft long rabbit hutch that I converted into a pig shed.

What else has been going on? O-Yes, finished the homemade coal blacksmith forge (Pictures to soon be posted) I was making for #1 grandson.
With a little ‘free’ old man advice, #1 grandson hot forged a cheap Chinese made file into a nice hunting knife. Really good looking for his first attempt. (Knife picture to soon be posted) I’m very proud of him.

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Garlic – Not Just For The Italians

garlic harvest Yes I do know that I have a garlic fetish. But I have a bad feeling that there are some of you out there that are not on my Garlic band Wagon!

For my procrastinating gardening friends. You can still plant garlic for summer harvest. If your soil is not frozen solid. Dig and loosen your soil, till in compost if you have access to compost. Else stir in a little 5-10-5 or similar N-P-K rated fertilized. Plant your garlic cloves, [Don’t laugh, pointed end up] 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep. Measure from the top of your garlic clove. Space cloves about 4 inches apart.
Cover with mulch if you can. Other wise, wash your hands and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Garlic types are either Hard Neck or Soft Neck.
Generally speaking, Hard neck varieties are better suited to be grown in the northern 1/2 of the U.S. Unless you want to harvest ‘garlic ‘scapes’, Soft neck varieties seem to be better suited to the southern 1/2 of the U.S. and seem to store for a longer period of time than hard neck garlic.

Going against what many gardeners say. I have never had any problems planting garlic that I picked up at my supermarket.

Garlic Nutrition :
Raw Garlic – 6 cloves – About Calories: 27
* manganese 15% —– * vitamin B6 13% —– * vitamin C 7%
* copper 6% —– * selenium 5% —– * phosphorus 4%
* calcium 3% —– * vitamin B 13%

There has been many millions of pages written about the good health benefits of garlic. Who am I to go against the opinions of so many expert gardeners and health specialist. A touch of garlic makes everything, except scotch, taste better.

Hint garlic can be harvested at any size. Try fresh young garlic in your recipes for a different and refreshing flavor. * Use tender young garlic tops finely chopped as a garnish to add flavor and color to pasta dishes.

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I didn’t know this: Elephant garlic is not a true garlic, but actually a variant of the garden leek.

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