This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, September 18, 2009

garlic and cover crop order

A couple days ago I ordered:

Great Garlic Combo - 8 oz of Duganski & 8 oz of Susanville from Territorial Seed Co. 8 oz = about 30 cloves.

I think this may not be enough garlic to produce enough to eat and plant next year. I didn't grow enough this year.

So I'm ordering from Johnny's:
Garlic, New York White (softneck, 3 heads)(link)
Garlic, German Extra-Hardy (stiffneck, 3 heads)
Fall Green Manure Mix, 1 lb(link)

The garlic is back ordered till Oct 1, but that's fine.

The green manure is a cover crop that worked well for me last year. The only trick is getting it in early. It'll go in after the tomato, squash and corn beds are cleared. The tomatoes might as well come out now as they aren't doing much. The beds that are cleared late will be planted with winter rye seed, which I get at my local True Value hardware store.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Jain said...

I pulled my tomatoes last weekend. Half were stunted and half were rotting on the vine. Misery.

I bought some winter rye for the first time this year. I'm wondering how dense it will grow. Lawnlike? I'm afraid it will be impossible to (hand-)till in the spring.

September 18, 2009 10:41 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Yes, I think I'll put my tomatoes out of their misery today.

The winter rye does grow like a course long lawn. Especially if the birds don't eat 90% of your seed. I turn it by hand with a shovel in early spring. I don't find it any more difficult than turning bare soil.

September 19, 2009 9:21 AM

 
Blogger Tom Buskey said...

Hahaha, I just ordered the same things from Johnny's. I live not far from you in N. Tewksbury.

September 19, 2009 9:04 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Garlic is SO expensive. I hope I don't need to order it again.

September 19, 2009 9:51 PM

 
Blogger Jain said...

Thanks, Kathy!

September 20, 2009 7:55 AM

 
OpenID safirasilv said...

I'd been wincing over the garlic prices at Johnny's and other favorite sources.

Then I went to visit my mom in central New York and discovered her favorite farm stand was selling their own garlic sets at about half the price. SCORE! Of course, I forgot to ask if it was hardneck or softneck; guess I'll find out by doing.

September 21, 2009 8:36 PM

 

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