Over the past couple weeks, I’d noticed some disturbing “rust” spots on my garlic. And I’d pulled a few up that looked like this:
To my surprise, it looked great! While it’s a bit on the early side, I decided to pull up all my garlic this morning to prevent the spread of further rot to the other garlic or rust to the onions just one bed over.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Not bad, eh? I was pleasantly surprised given how the tops of them looked in the bed. It just goes to show you shouldn’t give up on your garden. It can be tempting to write off the tomatoes when you see curled leaves, only for the fruit to develop a couple months later. Or you think the beans are a loss because a number of the leaves are eaten, but then the summer heat warms things up and they start to take off anyways.
I grew garlic a couple years ago and I honestly just threw it all in a paper bag, tops and all, and it lasted well over 9 months in my garage. This year, I decided to clean them up a bit more first. I left about 6″ of the neck and cut down some of the roots. I gently removed some of the dirt. Then, I let them rest out on my covered porch. In a few days, I’ll likely move them into my garage and hang them somehow for a couple weeks before putting in a basket or mesh bag to store in my garage.
I only ended up with about 16 – ideally I would’ve preferred about 3 or 4 times that amount, but given some of the issues I had, I’m happy to have any at all!
Incidentally, it’s not too soon to be thinking about garlic. While you plant it in the fall, you can definitely purchase it NOW because some of the best varieties may sell out. I purchase mine from Territorial Seed and have been very happy. I do think my issues arose because I tried to sandwich in a ton of moisture loving greens (arugula, lettuce) and didn’t provide adequate airflow for the garlic. I truly stand by Territorial Seed! (And no, they do not sponsor this blog in any way. I just really believe in supporting local seed companies that do a stellar job!)
I took my husband out to the garden today and he observed how “filled in” it is and mentioned he should build me some more raised beds. Yes, you should! I would fill them all!
Would you believe this is ONE pumpkin plant? It actually has grown several feet longer since I snapped this picture. According to Territorial Seed, one vine should produce between 5-10 mini pumpkins, but right now, this one is covered with what appears to be DOZENS. I do have an idea for trellising it vertically, which I hope to get around to today.
This is my first year making a concerted effort to put more flowers in the veggie garden. These nasturtiums are so fun because they just take off – and the flowers are actually edible! They are quite peppery and would make a lovely addition to a salad.
These pretty purple flowers are growing on my black beans! Did you ever consider growing your own dried beans? It’s actually not too difficult. These grow in a bush form too, so no trellising or special care required.
One of my goals this year was to grow TALL varieties. I think it’s just so fun to create a room effect in the garden! These sunflowers have shot off and been fun to watch. I’m undecided at this point if we will harvest for the seeds, or if I’ll let my bird friends enjoy them for a special summer’s end treat.
Another view of the garden, from the back.
I have tons of baby Roma tomatoes starting to develop! This year I’m growing 7 Roma plants for soups and sauces, and 5 different heirloom toms for fresh summer eating. They are all being grown in containers instead of in my raised beds.
Here is another flower I recommend you all grow next year: sweet peas! Man, these things smell INCREDIBLE. Every time I walk past, I have to lean over and smell them. THAT GOOD.
The corn is starting to take off! This year we’re growing a pink popcorn. We selected this variety mainly for the fun of it. I truly want the garden to have an element of fun – why not? Besides that, the stalks will make excellent harvest decor this fall!
I love sitting back here this time of year! In this pocket are two varieties of sage, oregano, edamame, and raspberries. We’ve been enjoying LOTS of them lately – in fact, I need to go pick some more as soon as I’m done with this post!
I so adore this picture! I had been following this little guy all around the garden one morning, but didn’t have my camera! When my husband and I were out there a bit later, he landed right on my pea plants. Terry kept an eye on him while I ran inside. Would you believe the dragonfly continued to remain still for several minutes? So awesome!
I mean, really – could he have picked a better spot to land for this photo? Pea tendrils + dragonfly= me like.
Speaking of peas, we’ve been eating our fill lately! I have two freezer bags full, and we’ve been snacking on them fresh as well. Last night I sauteed up some with some garden carrots to serve with dinner. I think I have a couple weeks left on the peas max before I’ll need to pull them up. Then we’ll plant some rutabagas and parsnips for our fall/winter garden.
I have to say, it doesn’t get old for me! I’ve been at this a few years now, and I just find my love of gardening deepening. I love all aspects of it – from the early planning stages clear to harvest. I hope that if you’ve never gardened before or consider yourself to have a black thumb (as I once did), that I’ve inspired you even in some small way to grow some of your own food this year!
How is your gardening growing?