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Grow Great Italian aka Artichoke Garlic

Hardneck garlic
Most of us here in the northern hemisphere, especially in Canada, are familiar with growing only the hardneck (porcelain) type of garlic. The hardnecks really thrive in our cooler climate and actually require our cooler temps in order to produce, while the softencks are mostly grown in the warmer, southern parts of North America.

Softenck garlic hanging at the Davis Family Farm
There are, however, a few varieties of the softnecks that we, too, can grow here in the cooler climes of Canada and the northern US States. 
Italian Garlic is one of these softneck aka artichoke garlic types that grows successfully in our zone 7 west coast gardens.
Do not plant softnecks in the fall if you live in a garden zone of less than 5, and even in a Zone 5 you will want to mulch your bed to keep it warm enough. You can, however, grow it very successfully even in a zone 3, if planted in early spring and harvested in fall.  
Flavour and Usage Softnecks are the ones …

September Garden Ramblings & Harvest

A summer of hot and sunny days with no rainfall to speak of came to an end with rains and cloudy grey days on the Labour Day week-end. So grateful ; )

However, beware and be aware.. for with the rains tends to come fungal diseases, and the dreaded tomato blight, as well. Remove any yellowing bottom leaves right away, or spotty leaves, anything that looks suspect, as this may keep the wolf from your door.

Sadly, you cannot stop late blight once you have it, but you may be able to keep it from spreading to the rest of your tomatoes by quickly removing the diseased plant.

Another issue that may pop up now that we have had some rain followed by sunshine, is splitting fruit (this applies to cabbages, too!) Lots of water followed by sunshine means great growth...  and sometimes they grow faster than their skins can keep up with. Is not a bad thing, necessarily, but they will not store as long or well. 

This is a good time to top your tomato plants (snip the ends off after the topmost clus…