Saturday, November 18

Tips for how to grow Garlic in the Pacific NW


 Plant cloves October through November and harvest in June. Garlic grows best in well drained soil so amend your beds with compost if needed.

Three different varieties of garlic

Make sure to separate the whole garlic bulb into separate cloves. Skip planting any cloves that look dried out. Plant 5-6 inches apart and 1 inch deep. Plant cloves with their pointed tips up.

Remove any cloves that are dried up

Water the beds after planting and apply a mulch of compost, straw or grass clippings. This will protect the gloves in the cold months.

Make holes easily with the back of a hoe or stick

Stop watering the beginning of June. When the plant has 3-4 brown leaves it is ready to harvest. Dig the bulb out carefully. It will have to be cured for 3-4 weeks. Lay the garlic down in a area with good air circulation and out of direct sunlight. Make sure the garlic does not get wet.

One clove per hole

Once cured, cut off the stalk leaving 1-2 inches. Also trim the roots to less than 1/8 inch. Brush off dirt and do not peel the outer skin. Garlic stores best in a cool, dry place around 50-60 degrees. Such as a root cellar or cool basement with low humidity.

Friday, November 17

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Learn How To Garden with the Ten Minute Gardener


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is the Ten Minute Gardener.


Monday, November 13

10 Great Christmas Gifts for a Gardener




  1. A Gift Certificate from a Seed Company like Johnny's Seeds Website for Johnny's Seeds  or Territorial Seed Company Territorial Seeds Website
  2. Order a  Rose like a "David Austin Rose" or purchase a gift certificate for one David Austin Roses
  3. Gardening Books Shop Amazon for Gardening Books and Gardening Magazines Subscriptions are always appreciated.
  4. Gardening gloves are basic, but always useful. Try giving 3 pairs tied with a pretty bow
  5. Pots, Containers and Window Boxes are always nice. Here is a container system that we recommend
  6. Gift certificate to get gardening tools sharpened is a unique gift. Search the internet to see if someone in your area provides this service.
  7. Make a Gardening gift basket with hand tools, gardening gloves, plant labels, gardening soap for hands, hand lotion, seed packets, etc. Watch Martha Steward make a gardening gift basket
  8. Plant labels are a must and always needed for any gardener.
  9. Hoe, Spade or any other gardening tools make great gifts.
  10. A pretty Trellis for a climbing Rose,  Jasmine, Clematis or another climber makes a wonderful gift.

Saturday, November 11

End of Garden Season in Maine 2017


After an unusually warm autumn, temperature are now in the 20s at night here, so garden season 2017 has come to an end in Maine.
This year I had good luck with zinnias, coleus, petunias, pansies, geranium, and nasturtiums. I had three cherry tomato plants on my deck. In the raised bed, I grew kale, mustard greens, herbs, rhubarb and Egyptian walking onions. I didn’t plant squash, beans or peas as in past years due to lack of space and the increasing shade on my property. And slugs. Hungry, greedy, relentless slugs. If they eat it, I'm not growing it anymore.

I wondered what wild plants would seed in if I didn’t pull them all.  So, I let my flower garden do what it may, which led to some nice surprises.

My mature perennials are tightly planted so there weren’t too many volunteers from the wild.  But, in the border, a tall mullein plant emerged amongst the day lilies.


In the center of my flower garden, a wild boneset plant grew.


From a packet of seeds, I grew more coleus than I care to count. I have brought some indoors to winter over for next year.



Next year, I’m going to continue to narrow my focus on those plants that thrive here. Flowers do well, herbs, and perennial plants both cultivated and wild.
 
 
 Elderberry, wild blueberry, wild blackberry and cultivated strawberries are happy here and I’m happy to have them.
At the end of October, the remnant of tropical storm Phillippe ended the season with a bang, resulting in the loss of two trees on my land- a maple and a white pine.

And so with that, garden season 2017 has ended. It's time for winter and thinking ahead to next year.

Friday, November 10

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Gary Pilarchik


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Gary Pilarchik who is dedicated to tomato and vegetable gardening. Gary Gardens in Maryland, and his videos are brief and informative.


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