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Growing Garlic

garden tips garlic Aug 17, 2022
Garlic is one of the most rewarding crops to grow.
Plant a clove in fertile soil in the fall, tuck it in under a thick layer of mulch, and go inside and sip your tea.
The next spring it bursts through the soil with a life force so strong it can push through all those layers of mulch.
It  grows big and strong through the summer, using nutrients from the soil and energy from the sun to grow a bulb.
Keep it weeded and the soil covered in mulch to give it all the space and nutrients it needs.
You can’t see the garlic bulb, but you can tell how big it is getting by the girth of the stalk.
Then it will send up curly scapes, the unopened flower, which you can harvest and eat or let flower and create tiny garlic bulbils.
Then, as the leaves on the plant start to die back you know that it is putting all its energy into growing the bulb and dividing it into cloves.
When there’s just 3-5 green leaves left it’s time to harvest.
And then you can unearth the goodness that has been growing for almost a year, pulling it from the soft earth one by one.
The garlic gets cured, which means it finishes putting all that green energy back into the bulb and dries out so that it can be sorted.
The biggest cloves get replanted and all the rest is put away in wicker baskets or mesh bags to enjoy all winter long.
Planting each of these big, juicy cloves in the ground...
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8 Early Greens You Will Never Have to Plant Again

After a long, cold winter of eating from the cold storage and the freezer, nothing tastes better than a fresh salad.  Greens are my tonic, giving me energy and vitality.  I eat salads lunch and dinner and throw greens into quesadillas, soups, eggs, and more.

I always plant an early crop of hearty greens. The beauty is that these greens can withstand freezing so you do not need to wait until the danger of frost has passed.  This year due to the early thaw I planted some greens on the south side of the house in February. The ground was still frozen underneath, but the hearty greens and the lettuce still came up. 

But the older I get, the more I appreciate food that I don’t have to sow.  I have several varieties of perennial greens as well as some self-seeding annuals. These are brilliant because they come up whenever they are ready. You don’t have to stress about planting them at the right time, or at all. They just take care of themselves. You probably already have some of these in your garden, and right now is the perfect time to plant the ones you don’t have.


  • Orach. Red, purple or green, orach is a relative of spinach and self-seeds readily in the garden. It has a very mild flavor and can be eaten fresh or cooked. The purple variety looks awesome in salads, and the green variety can be used as a straight-up substitute for spinach. 
  • Lamb’s-quarter. Another relative of spinach, you...
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