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September 2021
Issue 152
Hello Great Gardeners,

Fall is here! The weather is outstanding—sunny, mid-70's, and perfect for gardening. There is plenty of time to plant trees, shrubs, fall mums, bulbs, and more. Stop on out and get your fall decorations today.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

P.S. Lv Band Fest is this Saturday, October 2nd starting at 5 pm. There are 17 high school marching bands coming from around the state to perform. This is LV bands biggest fundraiser for the season. Admission is $8 and children 5 and under are free. Stop on out and enjoy the music.
My daughter at the Friday Night Football Game
Growing Garlic
Plant as soon as possible, allow the garlic to start a root system before the first winter frost if any green sprouts are visible above the ground before winter, mulch heavily for winter protection.

Garlic prefers to grow in cooler temperatures. Choose a sunny location with rich, well-drained garden soil. For areas with heavy soils, amend with sand and organic matter for best results before planting. Garlic prefers a soil pH of 6.2-6.8 in a slightly dry area of the garden.

Separate cloves from the garlic bulb and plant pointed end up in a 4-inch deep hole. Space the cloves 6 inches apart in the row, with 12 inches between rows.

In the spring, green leaves will emerge from the ground. Be careful not to pull them out, thinking they are a weed.

Water garlic regularly during the leaf production state keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Lack of water can result in a smaller bulb size. Stop watering a couple of weeks before harvest.

Fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer 2 to 3 times in spring.

Pinch off any flowers that might develop; although they look nice, they consume energy going into the finished bulb size.

When the leaves turn brown, it is time to harvest. Carefully lift mature garlic bulbs out of the ground and allow them to dry in the sun for several days. This gives the outer skin a chance to cure.

Store garlic bulbs by roping or hanging in netted bags in a cool, frost-free dry location for use throughout the winter. Do not put garlic in the refrigerator, as this causes it to sprout and become bitter.
Difference between Hardneck & Softneck:
  • Produces the edible flower stem called a garlic scape, which can be pickled or added to a range of food for a mild peppery flavor.
  • More complex flavors
  • Hardier than softneck
  • Fewer cloves per bulb
  • Don't form scapes
  • Mature more quickly than hardneck varieties
  • Store better than hardneck
  • Are the types you mostly see at the grocery store
  • Yield a more significant number of cloves per bulb
Types We Have:

California Softneck:
This garlic is perfect for baking. It holds its shape, keeps its flavor, and develops a delightful aroma.

Best planted in the fall. Elephant Garlic is closer in origin to the garden leek than true garlic. It grows twice as large as regular garlic. The flavor is milder than garlic and much more palatable to some people than garlic when used raw.

Music Hardneck:
Music is a Porcelain variety of garlic, prized for its huge cloves, medium spiciness, and easy-to-peel wrappers. This garlic has long storage potential and strong field performance in colder climates. The outer layer is white with just a blush of pink.

Duganski Hardneck:
  • This garlic is stunningly beautiful with large bulbs and a fantastic flavor that matches its looks and size. Purple outer wrappers protect the violet-tinged cloves that burst with a fiery flavor and mellow out with a pleasant aftertaste. This garlic is an excellent choice for cooking as it holds its own in tomato sauces, hearty soups, and slow cooker chili.
Deer rutting season is upon us. Trees with smooth bark and trunks between 1 and 4 inches in diameter are the perfect targets for male deer. Bucks mark their territory to tell the female deer that they are around. This can be fatal to trees because the cambium layer is a nutrient and water transport system beneath the bark, and if it is damaged, the tree may die. Protect young trees from damage by using tree wraps.
Fall To Do's
If you haven’t done so already, bring vacationing houseplants indoors before frost. Make sure to clean off foliage and check for pests.

Remove all annuals and vegetables and compost them.

Plant fall bulbs before the ground freezes.

Sow winter rye seed for a garden cover crop. Cover crops will control weeds this winter, and plowing them in next Spring will provide good organic matter.

Perennial foliage should be left alone until Spring unless it is diseased. If diseased, trim off the foliage and toss it in the trash.

Avoid pruning trees, shrubs, roses, perennials. Pruning now will encourage new growth, which will not have time to harden off before winter.

Make sure to continue with your watering schedule on newly planted plants until the ground freezes.
What To Expect In Fall
Expect deciduous trees and shrubs to start changing colors and dropping leaves as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter. It is entirely normal and does not mean your plant is dead. It just has gone dormant for the season. Larches & Dawn Redwoods are deciduous and will lose all of their needles.

Expect evergreens & broad-leaf evergreens to shed some needles or leaves. Despite the name evergreen, these types of plants don’t hold onto their needles or leaves forever. They shed their older needles or leaves at some point in time. Different species shed at different times. Example: The most common pine in our area, the Eastern white pine, holds its needles for three years and sheds the 3-year-old needles in the fall. The rest will remain on the tree.
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