It’s past that time and my bulbs are still sitting here in the kitchen! I like to plant mine as close to the Autumn Equinox as I can…missed that this year….
The beds are ready…About 6 weeks ago I pulled back the mulch from last year, added a good 6″ layer of compost, tossed it all together and added a fresh 8″ layer of hay and watered it all down…
This weekend I will pull the cloves apart and only plant the un-bruised, largest cloves. I carefully peel of the outer paper layer so i don’t bruise or damage the cloves and put them into a container of baking soda and liquid seaweed mixed with a bit of fresh water, then let them sit overnight or long enough to peel off any remaining skins.
Then take with me to the garden a container with rubbing alcohol in it. Drop the cloves in the container, dig my holes 2 inched deep and about 6 inches apart with the rows 6 inches apart. Once that is all done I will run string to mark the rows and recover with the hay mulch, give everything a good watering and call it all good. The cloves will start to grow and develope roots this fall then go dormant over the winter and start growing again in the spring to be harvested in the summer.
You may ask yourself why I peel and soak the cloves, baking soda will kill any fungi spores or the eggs of any pests that may be hiding in/on the cloves. The seaweed gives it a boost, and the alcohol kills any pests or pests eggs the baking soda missed such as mites.
Both baking soda and alcohol are considered safe for organic gardening if you were wondering that.
So there you have it, pretty simple. So why am I so late at getting this done I have no idea….I think it’s because the weather has been so nice after the lousy summer we just had I hate to give up play time with Daisy or the horses.
I plant a variety known as softneck garlic. I’m not a fussy garlic snob so the variety didn’t matter to me. Say that to the wrong garlic person and you are in for a lengthy conversation on garlic….I ordered it from Pinetree Gardens. They are a nice company out of Maine so I know their plants grow well in my area. I love their no fuss basic, thrifty packaging, shipping materials and web site.
Also planned for this weekend is to pull the last of the bush beans in the garden and set the seeds out to dry for baking later this winter. Add a good layer of compost the garden bed and a fresh layer of hay. Then it will be all tucked in for the winter. I had planned on trying a winter garden this year, but I’m just not up to it. Honestly don’t think I will take the time to shovel a path out there through the feet of snow and keep up on row covers/mulch. Maybe next year.
Sometimes even though I have wonderful plans of all the things I know I should be
The sweetie always thinking about his tummy!
Have a wonderful day.