My garlic has sprouted, which in my blissful ignorance I'm pleased
about. In the past it has usually died back in the winter to sprout anew
in the spring, but the last 2 winters have been warm enough that it
never died back.
I don't get store bought sized heads, but it sure is good. (Of course, I
also get tator tots when I grown potatoes, unless I plant them in planters.
Kate - limestone country, TN
If you give it a good shot of N while the foliage is growing in early
spring, plus potash when the bulbs are forming, you'll likely do better.
Of course, smaller garlic tends to be more pungent as well as store better,
so unless you really think size matters, why bother?
My pride was wounded a bit this weekend: Some folks came up to get stuff
I'd put on Craig's list (two ....erm... mature households merging have a
LOT of extra "stuff!"), and noticing my email (think garygarlic in the
first part), brought a nice bulb of "music" they'd grown. Fully twice the
size of mine.
Oh, well... as the Senators fans used to say, "Wait 'til next year."
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
One of the best parts of gardening - next year. I sold at a small
farmers market for a few years but would never take my garlic - MINE!
All mine! One farmer sold elephant garlic - huge things, but it
aappeared to only have one clove?
For fertilizing, I tend to stick with compost and manure and/or herbal
teas. I tried to cure tomato blight with garlic tea one year - didn't
work entirely, but I had tomatoes to sell into August so who knows?
Elephant Garlic is actually related to Leeks and isn't a true Garlic, the
taste is not that of true Garlic either IMO. Mind you some years ago whilst
in Cyprus we came across enormous true Garlic being sold in the market, wish
I'd bought some to try here in the UK but it probably wouldn't have done
We use Bordeaux Mixture sprayed on our plants to ward off the Blight, works
well provided you keep it topped up if it rains hard for a few days and is
easily washed off the fruit before use. Most of our Tomatoes are used for
cooking so are skinned anyway. We picked our last outdoor Tomatoes on
Sunday, amazingly late, after the plants were killed by a frost.
Kate, something I've experimented with on the tomato blight, with great
success, is spraying the foliage/plant with ionic silver. A human friendly,
and very potent fungicide. I believe if I'm consistent with applications, I
might be able to get it knocked down almost entirely. Though before you
think, *oh my*, 30$ a gallon spraying 30 plants at about 2 gallons an
application, check this out for ionic silver, (at about a dollar a gallon).
It's the Collgen2 I use to make a 6 PPM solution.
http://www.health2us.com/colloid.htm Fred Peschel has really designed an
impressive little unit that works a treat and is not unreasonably expensive.
I also use the silver to treat a well and it is 100% effective at
eliminating bacteria in the water system. Ionic silver is a real cure.
Thanks fr the idea, Steve. Maybe I'll get the starter bottle for next
season and see how it does before I make the bigger investment. I was
planning on letting the tomato crop rest a year but maybe...have you
tried treating the soil itself so would that be basicly polluting the soil?
Basically Kate, I wanted to throw out the idea because tomato blight is a
real heart breaker when you have a really nice crop coming along and you see
the fungus beginning to consume the plants. I know there are several
chemical treatments, but I and others here are trying to minimize chemical
use, if not eliminate it all together. I've noted you subscribe to this
interest as well. You might have noticed that the site I linked also
discusses ionic silver and health. That's actually how I came to learn of
this product, and then discovered its benefits in agriculture and as a well
water disinfectant. ... course I began dabbling with it.
For many years we had a stinkin ole well that only reacted to chlorine
shocks and then only for a short time before the the bacteria would return.
Each time it would be worse than it was before. I guess it was because the
well had been neglected many years before I moved here. After about 2 years
of silver treatment, our water is some of the freshest smelling and tasting
mineral water around. I feel silver got right down to the root of the
problem and knocked it out. I do continue a regular maintenance
The sad thing about the blight is that the disease will live in the soil for
many years before it finally dies. I think I've read 7 or 8. So yes, you're
right that killing it in the soil, where it lives, would be advantageous.
However, it's hard to imagine even 1 or 2 years without tomatoes, let alone
7 or 8. Moving the planting around to different parts of the garden will
help, but I don't have 8 separated spaces large enough :(
No, ionic silver at 6 PPM would not effect the soil with any harmful
contamination, ... *except* that it may kill soil microbes as well as the
funguses. Soil microbes are efficient microbes (EM) when it comes to
delivering minerals to the plants. Composting generates many of these
microbes naturally from a varied feedstock. I wonder if one could, in the
fall, spray a couple gallons on an infected area and till it in. Then in the
early spring work in a good load of compost. Here's an EM jump start if one
desired : http://www.scdworld.com/shop/product.cfm?product_id 0101
If you'd like to try ionic silver, I'd be happy to make up a few gallons
for you and several requesters, for the cost of shipping from NE Ohio.
Anyone interested, un-munge my email and send me a hey.
I'll do a dozen or 2 gallons.
silver is a potent killer of nasty things
imagine, for only the cost of the device, one can turn a 60 cent gallon of
distilled water into a human friendly green terminator. What a helper
around the house / garden, in the battle against bacteria and disease :)
It only gets worse if your name is Christian.
Subject: Re: I would like some feedback..
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:51:22 -0700 (PDT)
Your parents must have had high hopes for you to succeed in the
arts... you're not going to do well in business unless you change your
Shelly is really an embarrassment to sane people everywhere.
Republican and Democratic "Leadership" Behind Bars
It's because they are all those dam humans.
I got the same problem on this side of the pond.
More dam humans.
Any time you deal with those varmints, it is going to be trouble.
Now you know why I like my garden and live stock.
They mess with me, I eat them or plow them under.
I apologize. Shelly really isn't one of us. He would rather be a jack
booted Israeli chasing Palestinian children around with a tank. If
you want to come and take him and give him a good hiding, we will
Republican and Democratic "Leadership" Behind Bars
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