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Harvested the first two cucumbers yesterday and ate one spiralized with homemade basil pesto, also from the garden, picked a couple banana peppers. And today we ate the first yellow squash steamed with butter and parmesan! So good! Also noticed the first Zucchini. Love my veggie garden!

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Noticed 2 flowers on the Japanese Cucumber and flowers forming on the Spaghetti Squash.

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Sent an SOS to my friend to come get lettuce and kale. Lettuce is going to bolt soon. I'll throw in some herbs too as they are doing great-chives, thyme, rosemary, parsley, dill and basil. Picked the first yellow wax bean and ate it raw-so sweet. Watered all the gardens yesterday. We are supposed to get a downpour this weekend. Tomatoes blooming, pumpkins blooming.

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Dug up 3 volunteer tomatoes and am going to replant them in some garden boxes I have, don't know if they have time to grow and produce but it is worth a try, not even sure what type of tomato they are.

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Weeds are growing great in my garden! Hubby has been checking the plots we rent from the park district, and still too muddy to do anything. But so far, nothing seems to be hurting from all the rain (we do worry about the tomatoes, because we have lost them before when the soil gets waterlogged there).

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Bought 6 cone flowers today to plant in a new area of the yard.

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Hope things dry out for your soon Cathy.

I planted 2 bell peppers and 1 lunch box pepper today. Two tomato vines have tomatoes forming, hope to have some tomatoes by the end of June!

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We have gotten rain for 3 days straight now, several inches in total. So nothing is going on in the garden since it's too muddy to work. Lots of weeding needs to be done, but it will have to wait until it is dry enough to get to them. Guess it's to be expected, since it is still Spring.

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After 1 week of neglect, I am out in the garden. Two raised beds weeded. Picked strawberries. yesterday picked Russian Red Kale, Spinach and Lettuce for a friend. Picked the last of the radishes. Peppers damaged by hail but should recover. Using linoleum tiles from my daughter's kitchen floor as a wind break. Even with the rain they got this week, the beds are dry so the sprinkler is on for the first time.

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Having to replace 7 strawberry plants that have died and one serrano pepper. I bought some straw to mulch the strawberries, hope that will help.

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If we had more land, I'd grow potatoes at home, as it is much easier. The prep work to get really large potatoes takes time, and since we have to wait for the rented plots to get ready in the Spring, we can't really do it since we have so much else to do.
What I prefer is to dig a deep trench and fill it with leaf mulch. Add an inch of soil, place the potatoes on top, then cover with another inch or two of soil. As the potatoes grow, you keep on hilling up more soil around them. When it comes time to dig, the potatoes are in the leaf mulch layer, which is looser, so it is easier for them to grow big (plus the leaf mulch provides lots of nutrients as it breaks down and potatoes are heavy feeders).
If we grew them at home, I'd be digging the trench and filling it full with chopped up leaves in the Fall (less busy time of year), then covering it with a bit of soil. Once it's time to plant in early Spring, all you have to do is lay the seed potatoes on top, cover with soil, and you're set to go.

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This is my third year growing potatoes. They are so much better than store bought. I always save some to plant. I planted carrots but they did not sprout so I put in some herbs. I have one bed left to plant, I am putting bell peppers in that bed and green onions. I also have 3 beds with garlic and onion that will be harvested at the end of this month. I have not decided what to put in those beds when they are ready, I will probably plant some carrots there.

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I've grown sweet potatoes in large planters before, with great success. Some of the sweet potatoes grew all the way to the bottom of the planter, well over a foot long! But we had them on our back patio, and the vines spread all over and made somewhat of a mess, especially as the vines trapped all sorts of leaves, etc.
Our rented plots are only half the size that we used to garden - 40 feet by 60 feet instead of 85 feet by 60 feet. Too much going on and too many projects we're trying to finally finish this summer, so we cut back to a more manageable size. Gave up canning tomatoes too for the time being, so not growing as many tomato plants (with an active toddler grandson underfoot during the school year, it isn't safe trying to can when he is here and awake, and the rest of the time is usually spent trying to take care of my other chores that I can't do while he's here). I know this will change as he gets older, but we decided to be more practical instead of overextending ourselves once again.
Didn't intend to grow potatoes either, but had so many small ones sprout that we decided to plant them anyway. If there are other things we want to grow, we can do that at home, like carrots, spinach, lettuce, etc. Haven't started planting in the ground at home yet, but hopefully will have that all done in the next couple of weeks.

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Your garden sounds great! We have raised beds to keep the varments out. There are goher holes all over the garden but they can't get into the beds.

I have sweet potatoes in a large pot on the front porch, planted some morning glories with it.

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Corn, beans, and pumpkins are all sprouting. Planted 90 potatoes, including some plants that came up voluntarily in my front yard (had volunteers last year from when I buried some vegetable scraps in the flower bed, and I obviously didn't get all the potatoes dug out). Surprisingly enough, the volunteer plants are all doing well, even though some were quite large when we transplanted them.
Potted up some of the sweet potato slips today, in preparation for planting them out some time next week. I have had success scattering them all over the garden, instead of just planting them all in a row (when I've done that, sometimes the mice manage to find them and just go down the row eating them). By scattering them, the mice may find a few, but most are left alone. I also plan on planting some in the flower beds too, as they do make an attractive ground cover and help fill in the bare areas in the new beds since the perennials and bushes are small at the moment.

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Watering and weeding, daily chores!

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That's great! Hubby is tilling the garden plots now. He plans on planting corn if it's not too wet where we are putting it, and hopefully we can transplant some tomatoes, potatoes, and sweet potato plants tonight when it gets cooler. I'm getting some flower planters done too at home.

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Prepared another bed and planted two watermelon and 1 acorn squash.

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I pulled 3 buckets of weeds today too.

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I had to replant some of my squash plants as they did not sprout! Spent time with the hula ho cleaning up some weeds.

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Bought some Bee Balm to plant in a big pot on the front porch along with my sweet potato.

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Lots of rain. Too wet to work in the garden. Plants in pots are doing well and ready to go in to the garden once it dries out a bit.

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Planted some Oregano with my cucumbers.

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Prepared another raised bed and planted 3 cucumbers, trying a Japanese cucumber this year.

I also planted 2 Russian sage in the front yard.

We had a nice gentile rain this afternoon to help get everything settled in.

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I prepared and planted three more beds, one with zucchini, one with pumpkin, and one with spaghetti squash and acorn squash.

Bought 3 cucumber plants and two additional pepper plants today which will get planted on Saturday.

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Sounds like you've been very busy!!

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I planted 3 plum tomatoes, 2 serrano peppers and 1 jalapeno. Water the rest, still 3 beds to prepare and plant.

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Watering and cleaning weeds between the raised beds with my hula hoe, great exercise!

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Your garden sounds wonderful!

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Planted two beds of potatoes and two rows of carrots.

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Planted some cone flowers, candy tuft and alyssum in the flower beds.

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Cleaned out my flower beds and planted some Cosmos.

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Harvested some spinach and green onions. Watered the onions, garlic, blackberries and strawberries.

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Harvested a few asparagus stalks and the lower leaves of Spinach, Romaine & Collards.
Added a little feta, cheddar and a diced apple to make an awesome salad.



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The snow is finally starting to melt after getting a foot last week. Before that, my garlic and rhubarb were starting to sprout. I hope they do okay. I'm looking forward to being outside, but for now I'll continue to take care of my seedlings and plant more indoors.

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Woke up to more rain today, so good! Hope to start working on my raised beds this weekend to get ready for planting. The rain helps to loosen up the soil and makes it easier to pull out the weeds that have sprouted!
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Did you get a lot of rain? Enough so you don't have to water for a few days?

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Turned the compost pile between the rain showers.

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Transplanted strawberries from half barrels to a bed in the garden. Going to plant flowers in the half barrels.

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Watered the garden, harvested some spinach and planted another plum tree in the orchard. I also noticed that the apricot tree is starting to bud out.

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Watered all of the garden today and planted a new plum tree in the orchard. Looked at plants but with freezing weather returning did not buy any. I am planning on planting some lettuce and kale next week.

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Hello, Fellow gardeners. Even though we had a few inches of snow mid-week and nightly temperatures are in the 20s, early spring is in the air. Snowdrops have been blooming in mid-Michigan for more than a week. Lenten roses are forming buds. A few shoots of daffodils and crocus are poking through the frozen soil.

Using a technique called winter sowing that I learned recently at a workshop, in the past 3 weeks I have started bachelor's buttons, calendula, chives, kale, lettuce, leeks, parsley, and spinach; each type of seed is planted in a mini-greenhouse made of a gallon milk jug that sits outside in a sunny spot. So far, only the kale has germinated.

Yesterday I started eggplant and tomato seeds indoors in pots on a heat mat. Within a month I hope to start direct sowing peas, radishes, and other early spring crops.


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We got a bunch of rain today. Ground is still mostly frozen, so it took awhile to drain off. We didn't get flooding last week like some areas did, fortunately, and next rain isn't in the forecast until Monday. Daffodils, crocus, and tulips are coming up, and some perennials are sending up shoots as well.

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We got a bit of snow and rain, still hoping for me!

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Finally warm enough today to water the garden and watered and turned the compost pile. Garlic and onions are doing well, spinach was a bit wilted, watered it twice. More cold weather in the coming week and a chance of rain/snow.

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Harvested some spinach today!

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Trimmed my blackberry bushes and watered everything in the garden. Still no significant rain. Also watered two of our fruit trees, buds are forming on the Apricot tree.

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Here too. We have over 15 inches of snow covering everything. Warmer temps expected around the middle of the week, so some of it may actually melt! Getting ready to start some seeds indoors, since I won't be able to do any outside gardening for awhile.

Once some of the snow melts, I can get out and prune a couple of bushes and cut back the perennials like sedum and ornamental grasses that were left for winter interest. Maybe this year I'll actually get them cut back before the new growth appears (makes it a lot easier to do that way)!

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Snow. Everywhere. Can't wait until Spring.

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Watered and pruned some more trees today.

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Finally got to put some of my overwintering plants back outside with the warmer weather - strawberry, sorrel, lavender.

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I finally harvest the balance of my emoticon carrots today. We have had above normal temps for about 5 days and the ground finally thawed out, got them all out and cleaned and put in plastic bags for now. I will blanch and freeze some on the weekend. emoticon

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Sounds great!

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I harvested some spinach and carrots to put into a pot of soup.

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We had a nice rain this morning and more predicted for Saturday so I did not have to water today. The spinach is looking a bit better.

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Ground is frozen. Never did get that last patch of creeping charlie weeded. Unfortunately I got sick. So that area is now covered up with leaves like the rest. Have 3 pine trees that have to come down, as well as a dead flowering crab tree, so I was considering cutting off some of the branches and laying them over the perennial beds. Put the crab branches down first, then the pine branches on top. Might help keep the leaf mulch from blowing away, plus provide some protection for the birds when the neighborhood hawks come around.

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The spinach is not looking to good but I believe it will come back, I took the netting off to let the birds at it until it warms up for more than a few days.

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The weather has warmed back to normal, 45 for the high today. I was able to water the garden and our fruit trees.

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The temps here have been 10 to 15 below normal for this time of year. It has been frustrating because the water lines are frozen as is the ground. Have only been able to water my winter crops once in the past 10 days. This weeks forcasted temps are not much better, the lows are in the teens and highs in the 40's. We have no rain or snow in the forecast either.


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Supposed to be warmer at the beginning of the week. Hoping I can still pull the last of the creeping charlie out of the back flower bed and get that part mulched with the 2 bags of chopped leaves I have left. Some of the leaves blew all over the yard when it was really windy a week ago, so it would be great to get those raked back over the beds too. Other than that, my gardens are put to bed for the winter.
But the seed catalogs are starting to arrive, so in a week or so it will be time to start dreaming and planning for next year!

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I pulled the remaining tomato plants out. Some of the cherry tomatoes actually ripened despite the cold weather; I saved them to feed to the chickens.

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Garlic is starting to sprout!

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Fantastic!

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Harvested emoticon just under 20 pounds of red potatoes! emoticon

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Planted two concord grape vines emoticon I bought on clearance at the nursery.


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Harvested emoticon one bed of potatoes today, the other bed still has green stems so I will wait for them to die back, hopefully will be able to harvest next weekend. I have not weighed them yet, have to find a container to put them in.

Sunday morning: put the potatoes in a paper bag and weighed them, 17.2 pounds!


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Pulled the last of the tomato plants at home today. The leaves were starting to turn yellow, and though we shouldn't get a frost for another week, the weather is supposed to turn cool after tomorrow. Will be tilling up that area tomorrow, then tilling in a bunch of leaves so it will be ready for next Spring.

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Pulled some more carrots and green onions to use in cooking this week.

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I totally agree about the garlic!

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Got the onions planted today, one bed of red onions and one of yellow. I had extra room so I also planted some more garlic in each bed...you can never have to much garlic!

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The garden plots we rent from the park district have been put to bed for the winter. Since we haven't had a frost yet, we asked if they would extend the date we had to be out by a week (2 weeks would have been better since there is STILL no frost in the forecast for the next 10 days). They have done this in the past when the weather was mild. Unfortunately, though one person said it should be ok but they had to check with someone else, we didn't hear back until Sunday. By that time, we'd already started removing the fencing, so it was too late for us and most of the other gardeners. We weren't about to go and put it back up for a week.
We left the plants standing, though we picked them pretty clean. So I'm sure the deer have been in there enjoying the bean, tomato, and pepper plants.

At home we still have some tomato plants producing. My friend's daughter isn't eating the cherry tomatoes anymore, so I will be pulling those tomorrow while my grandson is napping.

Got lots of rain, over 8" on Friday to Saturday by some accounts. Still, it has already all soaked in to the ground and I was able to mow the yard with no soggy areas. Lawns, plants, and trees all appreciated the much needed rain. Now it's time to put the home garden and flower beds to bed too. Digging in chopped up leaves in the garden, and adding compost to the flower beds, then adding mulch on top of that (didn't want to do that until after it rained or I was able to at least water them thoroughly first).

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Turned another bed and prepared it for planting.

Harvested sweet potatoes, they look more like fingerling potatoes, we will use them to make French fries.

Pulled a few more of the green tomatoes off as we are going to have a freeze tonight. The remaining ones are to small to bother with.
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We actually had a few days of rain, enough that we haven't been to the garden to check how things are doing. The lawns are all green again, when they were brown just last week.


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Pulled some more carrots today, garlic has not sprouted yet. It has been 10 degrees below normal temps for the past week so I think that has slowed down the garlic. Temps should be back to normal next week.


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Put some grass clippings over the garlic I planted last week to protect it from the cold. Pulled a few potatoes to cook with tomorrows dinner.

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Summer garden is done, temperatures dipped to 28 last night and will be in the low 30's for the remainder of the month. The blankets I have been using in the garden are in the wash, no more attempts to protect the remaining plants.

I am going to harvest the two almost ripe pumpkins and pull the remaining green tomatoes. I will leave the carrots for now and use them as needed as the tops are still green. Spinach and green onions are ok so I will continue to water as needed.

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Prepare two beds for planting onions which I will do on Wednesday.

Pulled the green beans out today and cleaned the beds.

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Finished planting garlic. Shepard's Purse has gone to bed for the season. Found some Aster growing wild in my yard. Going to keep it. My dandelions survived my garden weasel so I'll have additional salad greens next season.


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Many of the pest repellent formulas I've seen call for garlic as one of the ingredients, so if I do get to grow it next year, I will probably plant lots.

We finally got some rain here, not as much as we need, but the grass has greened up. Supposed to get rain for the next 2 or 3 days. Weather has cooled too, which helps ease the stress from lack of water. No risk of frost for the next 10 days at least, but in some ways I'm eager to put the garden to bed and start planning for next year.

Already started pulling some yellow cherry tomato plants that came up voluntarily. Managed to pull off a gallon of cherry tomatoes that will ripen, probably within the next week. Still have several red cherry tomato plants, so my young friend will have plenty for awhile for her school lunches (that's what she wants for her snacks).

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Planting garlic today. Not a lot. I'm only feeding one person.

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Garlic is planted, 65 cloves total. The cloves are from last years planting that was harvested in June.

The garlic is starting to spoil so I am going to take the remaining cloves and chop them up and freeze in 1 tablespoon size portions in an ice cube tray. Did that last year and it is great to just grab a cube of garlic for a recipe.

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Sounds great! Wish I was planting garlic this fall, but we're working on renovating the beds at home, and don't know where I'd put them. Hopefully next year.

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Added a bag of "Bumper Crop" to my garden bed; going to plant garlic on Wednesday when it warms up a bit.

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Salsa is great on eggs, or put some chicken in a crock pot and dump the salsa over it and cook, we serve it with quinoa.

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We started pulling the hot pepper plants. Grew them for someone else who doesn't want any more, so we don't want to bother keeping them watered and picked any more. At least we can then get that section of the garden tilled up and start spreading leaves on it.
Will probably make salsa out of the peppers to give away as gifts, since we don't eat much of it ourselves (we like it, but never remember to bring it out or buy chips for it, not that we need to be snacking on tortilla chips anyway).

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Don't need to do anything for the garlic. It is actually BEST to plant it in the Fall. It will give them a head start creating roots, then once it gets too cold, they will just go dormant. They will probably start growing in the Spring before most people are even able to get them planted. Fall planted garlic is usually ready to harvest around July, once the tops are dying back at least half way.

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Some of my garlic is coming up early. I think it's the rain. It's also been cold.

Do I need to do anything to make sure my garlic survives the winter?

I was figuring I could leave it alone like my flower bulbs. My crocus is coming up too. I know they'll be okay.

Edited by: TALAMAR at: 9/30/2017 (18:59)
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