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Started by Vicky Myers. Last reply by Vicky Myers Jul 24.
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Started by Jeff Mais. Last reply by Jeff Mais Apr 4.
I found ceramic pots large 22 x 15 enough to plant my drawf orange trees at Grocery Outlet for $20.00 ea. yesterday. I want to be able to move those trees if need be if a hard frost comes our way. Now, for the rain to stop so I can work in the vegetable garden! Garlic is doing fine along with onions and leeks.
The objective is to make aerobic tea (one made with oxygen) rather than anaerobic tea (one made without oxygen). Those made without oxygen are pretty much just stagnant water without any good microorganisms left alive (the good guys need oxygen to live). means we take a 5-gallon plastic pail – put an aquarium pump beside it and run the plastic hose into the bottom of the pail. We weight the hose down with a big nut so it doesn’t rise to the top of the pail. We do not use an aquarium stone to break up the air into tiny bubbles. We want big, powerful bubbles so do not use a stone. Besides, those darn things plug up pretty quickly with algae and other bacteria that attack them.
Muriel, I agree with Manny, though I live in SE VA zone 8 and my garlic is usually bulbed up by June30/first week of July. Now you will have delightful tasting garlic "spring onions" equivalent. Many chefs love to use this early spring garlic like one would use spring onions or bunching onions. All the alliums which bulb, do so in early summer just as the day length changes. I do believe there is some difference in the time with the zones.
Miko, do you plant the whole head, or just one clove? I have had a few heads that I forgot to harvest and they provided a weak, but large bunch of basically garlic greens if the whole clove is planted. One has to pull them up and divide them. This is one of my favorite crops due to ease of care and the unbeatable fresh taste that outperforms grocery store varieties. Happy gardening this spring to you all.
Michelle and Deborah;
I have also read that crop rotation is good for preventing disease and other problems. I read recently about cover crops too. they are a good way to add nutrients to the soil and the guy on growyourgreens on youtube is always ranting about rock dust. I really don't know what is best but there are a few ideas for you to consider. most of which you find more stuff about if you google it.
Michelle-Thank you for your encouragement.
Many of my local friends have been inspired by the trough gardening, and encouraged me to write a note book for them to follow. The text is complete, I'm down to the formatting and website development stage. It is difficult to stay focused on writing with such fine gardening weather. I would love to share more.
I do both, add new soil as needed and amend others. I have learned to use a pH meter to know more about my soil and what to plant where. Home Depot has simple to use pH meters for around $10.
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