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Big Mamas and Hardneck Garlic

Big Mamas ready for canning I’m sorry to hear about (and am mystified by) Bob Nixon’s blossom end-rot quandary since everything he’s examined and tested for is what I recommend to my friends around here they deal with blossom end…

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Braided garlic

For the fun and to store my garlic easily, I braid them. At home we grow a softneck type. They are mild-flavored rose colored cloves, garlic bulbs bought from a reputable seed retailer. We chose this variety for the storage…

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From Garden Plot to Pizza Pan

Susan cuts a garlic scape If you had asked me 10 years ago what a “scape” was, I probably would have ventured a guess that it was some geological feature—perhaps something like land-scape. Wrong. Gardening friends in recent years have…

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Scapes, Snakes, Peaches and 130

Hello garden gals and guys! I’m sure you are wondering if I am just one sandwich short of a picnic based on my subject, but each word is a topic for my garden. Let’s start with scapes. So I am…

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Susan’s winter crop: Garlic

Most people think of winter gardens in terms of zero—nothing happening, nothing growing. But Howard County Master Gardener Susan Levi-Goerlich knows that something will be growing in her garden this winter—garlic. “I planted most of my garlic about two weeks…

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Garlic harvest

I love to toil in the soil. Not everyone does. I have a corner lot and as cars drive past my vegetable garden I’m sure some folks are thinking- “what a dope that guy is, if he added up all…

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Garlic is happiness

I love everything about garlic. Here is a new bed I prepared last fall, about 4 ft. X 18 ft. I worked in six, 5-gallon buckets of compost because garlic grows great in rich, loose soil.There are four rows, each…

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