Last fall I chose what I thought was a good place to plant my garlic. I bought around ten bulbs from the grocery store and I separated each clove which I planted individually. I hear a lot of experts say to not plant the store bought garlic as they spray it with a sprout inhibitor. I have planted it for years with no problems noted. I think this fall I will buy some specialty garlic just to shake up the old routine.
To get garlic to bulb up it has to go through a winter freezing cycle. If you plant garlic in the spring all you are going to get is garlic chives and maybe small single clove bulbs. I plant my garlic in August and in the late fall I water it well and mulch it with a thick layer of straw to overwinter. In the spring it just keeps growing.
Well back to planting where I thought was a good place. This is going to be another damn dog story.
If there is a fence in the yard this dog must jump over it, crawl under it or go through it. He doesn’t seem to have a preference. In the case of my garlic, he decided to jump over a fence with his landing zone right in the garlic patch. All of the plants had died back so I decided I better dig up the bed to see if there was any garlic left to salvage. To my surprise I had more than I thought but not as much as usual. The store bought garlic is long lasting and I still have edible garlic bulbs from last season.
In addition to the garlic I picked two nice heads of cabbage and I took a few photos of my green peppers that are starting to come along.
The second planting of potatoes is coming up well and I piled another layer of unfinished compost on top. By the time I pick these potatoes the compost should be finished and ready to mix into my rooftop chicken pen garden.
I have been picking a lot of raspberries and none of them have made it into the house. Oh well. I went ahead and bought raspberry jam tonight as I don’t think any homemade is going to happen this year.
I managed to find time to screen a bin of compost yesterday which I have been using to spruce up my flowerbeds by the trampoline. The new compost sure improves the look of the garden.