Saturday, December 1, 2012

Water your garlic!

Check your soil and if it isn't moist, it's a good time to water. If you watered deeply at planting time you could just give it a little soaking, but if not, you should water very deeply to get it through the winter. See the planting instructions October posting.

These garlics want to grow!

Every year I save some garlic to plant on Thanksgiving. The weather is usually warm and I love being outside in late November. This year I admit I planted some of my "leftover" garlic just yesterday on November 30th. I did a hot water soak for disease prevention and this sped up the root emergence. These were soaked 6 days ago and were looking ready to grow! It's ideal to have the root buds be just barely starting to show, not growing long like this at planting time, but luckily only a few had such long roots and I was able to plant them very carefully.

I dipped each clove in a special fungal powder that will help it combat the fungus "white rot" that has infected 2 of my plots, and some mycelium powder that will help the roots grow bigger and help fight off general disease. Cross your fingers that I can keep my remaining plots clean and continue to sell garlic for planting!