Fall is garlic planting season. Our favorite variety, German Extra Hardy, is an easy to grow variety that produces large bulbs with cloves that are easy to peel and offer a pungent heat. Our planting method is as follows:
- Mid to late October, lay out your garlic bed. Break your bulbs of garlic apart into cloves and then lay them out 6" apart either in rows or in a diamond pattern.
- Poke each clove into the soil until the tip about 2" below the soil level. Throw about a teaspoon of bonemeal in with the clove and then cover with soil. This will help with the establishment of a healthy root system.
- Mulch for winter with thick straw or leaf mulch. You may see growth above ground before winter.
- In spring, hardneck garlic sends up flower stalks called scapes. Snap these off when they curl over, before they get tough. They are delicious thrown on the grill, pickled, or used in pesto.
- It's time to harvest your garlic when about 3 lower leaves turn brown. We usually end up harvesting right around the 4th of July. You don't want to wait too long because the wrapper skins on the bulbs will start to deteriorate and the garlic won't store as long.
- Cure your garlic for about 6 weeks (depending on how dry or humid it is) in a shady location with great airflow. Use a fan if needed. When tops are dry and make a rustle and skins are papery, trim tops to about 2" above bulb, wipe off outer skin and dirt and trim roots. Store garlic somewhere for the winter where the temperature won't fluctuate dramatically. Dry and 40 degrees is ideal, but warmer is ok too. Just don't bring the garlic from very cool into warm temperature or it will sprout.
Tomato, Pepper and Eggplant seedlings are all buy one get one free until we are out!
We are so pleased with our new logo, created by Christian Shaknaitis of Brush & Pounce We wanted something inspired by a vintage seed packet, that conveyed our love of all things heirloom with a little bit of whimsy thrown in but that was still simple and clear. We think he nailed it! Chrisitan plans to make us a hand lettered wooden sign that will hang outside of the Garden Dreams gate come spring. We just can't wait!
Are you excited to have a break from overnight lows hovering near zero? We are and so are our chickens! I never thought 36 F would feel so warm!
Garden Dreams will be closed this Friday, July 4. Have a safe weekend, everyone!
We have 2 really wonderful fig seedling varieties right now: Violette de Bordeaux and Olympian. They are in Gallon Pots and are $12.25. These figs are hardy to our zone, but should still be planted in a sheltered spot, such as against a brick wall, or kept in a pot and brought in during the winter. Fresh, homegrown figs are simply amazing.
Come on down and see our chickens this Sunday! Hannah will be answering questions about chicken housing, shelter, bedding, feeding and watering systems, winter management, keeping chickens healthy naturally, and what it takes to raise a happy, healthy hen for fresh eggs. Chicks in the Hood tour this Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets $10 day of, available at Garden Dreams.
In our 2013 eggplant trials, we had two varieites that pulled ahead of the ranks in my eyes. Number one was ORIENT EXPRESS, a slender Asian eggplant that was ready in just 58 days and was extremely productive. The dark black color was striking as well, as shown in the bottom photo. If Italian eggplants are more your thing, consider BEATRICE, my number two pick, shown in the top photo. It was also extremely productive with early maturity, ready to pick at just 62 days. Both varieties had smooth, non-bitter flesh. I am impressed! Something to mull over when you think about eggplants next spring.
Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant seedlings now on sale. Buy one, and get one free. Sweet!
May market was amazing. We were so happy to see customers again after a year had passed and provide them with their tomato and veggie seedlings. We still have plenty of plants though. Come peruse our starts. Some customer favorites are in stock - lemon cukes and english cukes (shintokiwa), ground cherries, purple tomatillos, sunsugar cherry tomato, and our new red habanero (a future customer fav we are sure).