Friday, August 7, 2015

Garlic Hunter

    It has been a relatively cool August so far.  Rain and overcast skies for the last few days with morning temperatures around 12 degrees.  The peas are loving the rain, but the tomatoes are missing the sun and heat.

     The zucchini and Gelber Englischer Custard Squash have been putting out flowers like mad.  I wonder if the cool temps have spurred them into their "last hurrah" of productivity?  I pollinated 4 zucchini (on two plants) and 5 GECS (on three plants) this week alone.

This mornings "pickings"...

    Yesterday, I discovered two local women who are growing hardneck garlic in large quantities to sell.  One is just outside Dawson Creek and the other is in Fort St. John.  I bought two bulbs each of Chesnok Red and Majestic from the lady in FSJ, and plan to buy 2 bulbs of Red Russian and 1 bulb of Northern Quebec from the lady outside Dawson Creek.  We are going to try our hand growing garlic this Fall, and these ladies tell me the best time to plant is the last week of September.  Some people mulch, some people don't.  From what I have read, a mix of chopped leaves and a bit of straw (not too much, or rodents will move in and munch on the cloves!) does the trick.

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