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Cure & Store Garlic

Curing garlic (and/or onions)...

Cure for 3 to 4 weeks in a shady spot with really great air circulation.

This fabulous open shed is just perfect for curing all kinds of veggies, from garlic and onions to pumpkins and squash.

Carports also work well for curing, or barns or garages, too. If you do not have great air circulation, add a fan to move the air around to prevent the growth of black mould on your bulbs.

Never cure your veggies on bare concrete floors, place down some newsprint or cardboard first.   

Lay out the garlic (or onions) with tops and all still attached, on wooden slat tables. Space them out well to provide great air flow between bulbs. Don't forget to label your varieties!

You can also hang them from the rafters in bundles of 6 or 8 staggered bulbs - do not hang too many per bundle or you compromise the air flow.  Onions and soft neck garlic can be braided.

For information on softneck garlic, see HERE!

So now that the curing process is complete... what to do…

July Ramblings

What's happening in the month of July? What to do, what to expect, and some tips on how to keep your gardens thriving during this really hot and dusty month.

Is Berry Time....

Blueberries, currants, strawberries and raspberries are all ripening.  Pick them for jams, jellies, pies, wine, and freeze the rest to enjoy during the winter months.  

Pink and Red Currants

Pink and red currants are so gorgeous, so healthy for you, and so versatile.
Can be made into jam or jelly, or wine. Mix with bland fruits for an added kick, or toss into your yoghurt/ice cream for a pretty tint of colour, plus a bit of zing.

Currants come in white, pink red and black. They are all fabulous additions to your kitchen garden (potager) as they are adored by pollinators and beneficial insects! All currants are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese, and potassium.

Jelly Bean - Dwarf Brazelberry Blueberry
This past winter, we planted our new 'fruit orchard' at this new place ... a few apple trees, pea…

Plant Now For Fall & Winter Gardens!

Strange as it may seem, this is the time to plant your fall and winter gardens.  I know, I know, just as you are ready to chill and watch the gardens grow, watch the kids play, go on holidays...

However, this really is the time, esp during this next week!

You can plant quite a lot of things till early August, but if you wait to plant in September, when life is calmer, kids are back to school, etc... you will have very little options open to you as far as fall and winter veggies go. 

By the way, this is also a terrific time to plant some new crops in place of your already harvested vegetables, like the garlic, or the lettuce and radishes that went to seed in the heat and drought!

 So, question is... what to plant?

 A variety of beets...
What to plant NOW (from seed) .... Plant these before mid-month! ...  for harvest in late summer and early fall. 

- Carrots
- Beets
- Rutabaga's
- Kohlrabi
- Greens like endives and raddichio
- Cucumbers
- Beans
- Zucchini
- Cilantro (keep sowing!…