I planted some Yukon Gold taters last summer , and they didn't do diddly -
maybe because I planted them kinda late . The rows are well defined , so I
can avoid that area when I till new ground for next year - the question is
should I leave them and hope for new growth and a crop next year or just
till 'em under and try again ? I did dig a little and found a few very small
potatoes , but nothing I felt was worth harvesting .
Also , is this the right time to get garlic in the ground for next year ?
As much as we like it I'd like to have some out in the garden , and try out
using the scapes . <note to self , get some daffydills for the wife this
I'll be expanding the garden space next year down hill some more . The
soil further from the edge of the woods seems much more fertile if this
year's results are any indication , and while I'll lose part of the
blackberry patch I feel the trade off is worth it - those berries grow wild
all over the place up here and they're a bi**h to pick .
Where are you located? The rule of thumb for garlic is to plant 6-8 weeks
before ground frost. You want the cloves to make root growth to anchor
them, but little or no top growth to be winter damaged and cost them energy
better used next spring. For me (upstate NY) hardneck types do better and,
of course, make those scapes that SWMBO makes into pesto.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/4 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
tilling them under won't accomplish anything as the
plants for next season will come up from the mini-potatoes
so if you don't get all of those out of there you'll
have sprouts next season. :)
planting time depends upon variety, but i have had
no problems planting the hard-necked garlic as early
as August and as late as November. plant the largest
cloves possible. if planting from scapes, you will
be waiting two years to harvest bulbs with cloves.
the single bulb from a one year scape is edible but
they are not easy to peel. instead i plant them a
few inches deeper and use them as a green onion substitute
through the winter and into spring (up until the plants
start forming hard stems and the papery tunics on the
seedless variety is a great help and avoids much
bloodshed. i won't let the thorny kind even get
started around here, the red raspberries and wild
roses are bad enough (and the sumac and poison ivy).
Eh , I was afraid of that . Mr Armadillo has been rooting for bugs in the
tater patch , and he uncovered a few taters . I'll get the rest out before
first frost . If they're gonna sprout , I want 'em to sprout where I want
them to grow .
I cheaped out and picked up some bulk garlic at the store today . Big
cloves will be going in the ground by week's end , time permitting <we're
building , or should I say I'm building the first room of our new house> .
These are apparently native blackberries , and they do have vicious thorns
. This year was kinda exploratory , first summer I've been here full <more
or less> time . Next year I expect to provide a significant contribution to
our food supply . If the deer cooperate I'll be supplying some of the
protein too ...
I'm not a horn hunter , I'm in it for the meat . If a big buck walks in
front of my sights , I'll pop him - if nothing else he'll make good jerky .
But as you say , the younger the better , and I have no qualms at all about
shooting does . Feral pigs are in our general area , but none close to our
place . I'm trying to find a place to hunt them too ... we like pork .
Oh , and we already have about 12 million trees on our place , only place
left to plant any is the space cleared for our house , garden , etc .
Kinda hard to hear an arrow from the DD ... I had a conversation once with
a game warden about "defending" my garden from deer . Bottom line is there
better be a good fence . One of my neighbors has built an 8 foot fence
around his garden because they kept jumping over the 7 foot one . I was
kinda surprised I didn't have a problem last summer . Must have been because
I didn't grow any of the stuff they really like .
The deer here in North central Arkansas breed like rats ... and will eat
everything they can get to especially in a dry year when their natural
forage is skimpy . Last year was wet , might be part of the reason they
stayed away . Our half-coyote dog might also be part of the reason , though
they don't seem put off by her scent around the corn I put out by my game
camera <legal to hunt over bait here> .
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