Monday, October 29, 2012

Garlic Ordered

I haven't updated this blog in a while because not much has been going on garden-wise.  I'm still getting peppers, I've got some lettuce planted, and that is all.  I will try again next year and hope that I can find a better balance between homeschooling, gardening, and everything else I want/need to do. 

I did finally order my garlic today.  So far, garlic has been one of the easiest plants I have ever grown.  Here in the south, I plant a warm-weather variety and plant it in the fall.  I use cardboard as a weed barrier, which is all I need in those cooler months, so I don't have to weed it.  We get enough rain where I don't really have to pay it any attention all winter or spring.  Then in early summer I harvest.  This leaves us with our own homegrown garlic for much of the year. 

I did make a major error last year.  I planted tomatoes amongst the garlic, not realizing how fast the tomatoes would grow.  They soon grew so crazily that I never could find a lot of my garlic when it was time to harvest!  I still got quite a bit that was growing on the outer edges.  This year, I might plant peppers or herbs around it, since those shouldn't bury the garlic like the tomatoes did. 

This year, I also hope to grow enough where I don't have to buy any and can just plant some of my bulbs from the previous year. 

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