Ryderwood, WA, US

gardening interests: Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Square-Foot Gardening, Vegetables

Member Since: 06/08/2010

recent comments

Re: Are You Ready for Garlic?

Here's an update from my 2012 crop: I saved some 'seeds' from scapes of the 2011 crop, as well as planted some cloves from last year's harvest. I planted them in the same small raised-bed plot as last year, but not in the same spot. i also planted Oregon sugar snap peas in the same spot as last year.

This spring & summer were much better than 2011 - sunny and not rainy/cool. The peas didn't do as well as last year but the garlic was super. The cloves produced elephant-size bulbs and the 'seeds' produced regular-to-small sized bulbs.

My only complaint about last year(2011) harvest is that the braided garlic hanging in the kitchen dried out and got hard and unusable after a few weeks. So this year I'm giving my crop away, making minced garlic for the fridge, or simply refrigerating the briefly-dried bulbs before refrigerating.

Next year I'll plant them in a different bed altogether, just in case they really do retard pea growth.

Re: Are You Ready for Garlic?

Well I dug up one of the garlic plants to take a look and it was a nice big bulb! Definitely ready -- so I dug up the rest of the row. Some bulbs not as big as the first, but then again, those peas shaded the garlic patch most of the summer, what could I expect!?

I allowed 2 scapes to form more of those "seeds" so I'll use those to replant this fall, as well as a couple large cloves from this year's harvest, and see if there is any difference in final bulb size.

Now I'm drying the harvested bulbs and will braid them up today -- another first for me. What fun! Thanks for the comments and advice.

Re: Are You Ready for Garlic?

I started a row of garlic last fall (2010) from the seeds on the scapes, given to me by a friend. They sprouted and have grown nicely this cool, wet summer. I watched a garlic video that says it takes 2 years to harvest the bulbs.

What should I do? Let them die back and leave them in the ground? Pull them all up and replant some cloves? The video said not to pull/dig them up until 2/3 of the leaves turn yellow and wilt. I'm not there yet -- only one leaf on each plant is yellow right now.

BTW, I planted snow peas right next to the garlic and they did fantastic...

Re: QUESTION: Tomato Problem....

I had that problem last year, all of my plants were store-bought. I never did figure out what was wrong but I had a huge good crop of tomatoes! This year's plants don't have that problem; same varieties (Early Girl & Celebrity). I guess if your production looks good, not to worry!

Re: QUESTION: Is August too late to prune tomatoes

The same thing happened to me -- 2 weeks away and havoc reigns! I am a 'whacker' tho, I cut off even blooming branches. Our growing season is so short here I can't afford to waste the tomato plant's energy on useless foliage. Got rid of every "sucker" and wild branch. I will have plenty of tomatoes if the weather stays hot long enough. Good luck!

Re: W.O.W.... What A Difference!

I have used WOWs for 3 years now, in the Pacific NW. Great results; some caveats:
* Fill them just 2/3 full, keeping a 5-gallon bottomless bucket placed over the plant. Pull out the bucket and the WOW forms its protective teepee shape.

* remove them before the tomatoes get too big or you will damage the plants. The package says to leave them on all season, but then you will get diseased plants due to no air circulation.

* this year (2010) we are (still) experiencing a very wet, cold, and sunless Spring. My WOWs protected my tomato seedlings from the cold, however, I recently (June 1) checked on them and saw that all the plants were infected with an active mold/fungus on the lower branches. I removed the WOWs, pulled off the branches, and saved the plants. It has been a very late Spring, and very wet. YMMV, but check those plants for fungus, wherever you live!