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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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How Barbara grows garlic

Barbara & her German White garlic in April Have you ever thought you might try growing garlic? Now’s the time to think seriously about that possibility, because you have three months to read up on the subject, research suppliers, and…

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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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