Fall planting….almost

Yay!  It’s my birthday! Alright, it’s not really my birthday, but it sure feels like it when you get a package in the mail with your name on it…the garlic arrived.  If you remember from this spring, this year’s garlic crop completely failed.  Either i bought infected seed (which is possible, since it wasn’t certified seed), or the fungus was already in the soil.  Who knows?  Not me.

I bought three types for next year’s crop, getting the certified seed from the Seed Savers Exchange, which is a fantastic group of small growers specializing in heirloom and different seeds, in addition to the standards.  I bought a mix of hard and softneck varieties, some spicy, some more mellow. I’ll wait to plant these until after the first frost, giving them enough time to send down roots, but not enough warmth to leaf out, which might get damaged in the winter. Overall, i was shooting for 90-100 cloves, giving me enough to save my own seed, saving me $40 next year!

These will go in the front yard, giving me a space for fall plantings after the garlic harvest, which will happen sometime in July, since these beds get full sun into early October. Here’s what the front looks like now: dark!  The huge bush in the second bed is basil: you want some?  We’re growing tired of basil, and have a few gallons frozen already…


About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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