Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fallin' for Garlic

September is the time to plant garlic. For advice, I turn to my friend Chester Aaron who has gathered 90 varieties over 20 years. Here he is shown planting in a raised bed. The wooden sides have ½-inch hardware cloth below to keep out the ravenous gophers.

After soil prep, he lays down 3-5 sheets of black & white newspapers. He water the papers so the wind doesn’t blow them around. Each clove is inserted three to four inches into the soil via a hole in the newspaper. Next rice straw, which has no weed seeds, is applied six to eight-inches deep. It is watered to hold it in place against winds before the straw naturally settles.

Come July, it’s time to harvest the bane of vampires.

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