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Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on March 4, 2011 at 1:52pm
Diane said, "..We weight the hose down with a big nut...."  Great idea!  I modified mine this afternoon as I started a new batch.  Thanks !!
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 4, 2011 at 9:38am

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. 

Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on March 4, 2011 at 8:31am

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. 

Add water to the pail If you’re using municipal chlorinated water, you have to eliminate the chlorine. (chlorine kills microorganisms) You can do this by letting the water sit for 24 hours or you can visit an aquarium pet store and get some water treatment tabs that do the same thing. In either case, leave the bubbler going to help outgas the chlorine. Put a small shovel of compost into a bag. The bag should be big enough to let water go through it but small enough to hold in the compost particles.  Put the bag into the water (with the air stone running).

Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on March 4, 2011 at 8:23am
Hi Lyn, thank you for the info having heard how the grow garlic over there it put me off anyway what  they use put me off!how deep has the pot to be for growing garlick?, i use it with meat any kind and a put caraway seeds into it and a bit of salt than crush it , meats taste beautiful, hot or cold!with sauerkraut and cranberrie sauce!/spuds lovely   .......
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on March 4, 2011 at 7:47am
Hi Miko - you will find that unless you buy Organic garlic at say a farmers market, the shop bought garlic will not grow.  Most garlic here is imported from China and it has to be specially sprayed and centres removed so that they cannot be cloned over here!! I read about it only a couple of weeks ago.  However I grew very successfully from Farmers Market's Organic aussie grown stuff, so it is worth investing in, as once you grow one lot, you just save some of the cloves and away you go, a never ending supply.  I just grew mine in the veg patch in the normal soil that had manure etc added.  However they grow just as well in pots with potting mix of any sort.  They are very hardy.  Good Luck.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on March 4, 2011 at 5:03am
barbs, thanks for your reply, I used single gloves,  from shopbought garlic and they clumped , I dont know what went wrong, I love garlic Australian grown garlic is just on 20.oo a kilo very expensive! how deep has the soil to be and I usually grow things in tubs , pots , w,machine inserts etc. what kind of soil just ordinary pottingmix?
Comment by Barbara zn8 VA on March 3, 2011 at 8:42pm

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.  

Comment by Patrick A. Goss SC Zone 7a on March 2, 2011 at 9:20pm

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. 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 2, 2011 at 8:05pm

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.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 2, 2011 at 6:45pm
Michelle-Out of shear desperation (Bermuda Grass and gophers made it impossible to grow a garden), I tried a stock watering trough 4 years ago. Here is a photograph of one of my troughs, November, 2010. I love growing sweet basil behind a woody bay plant.

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