Friday, July 18, 2008

"Elephant Garlic Plants and Cloves For Sale"

Elephant Garlic Plants and Cloves For Sale: Notoka Rose Garlic For Sale . . . great for braiding and easy to grow. Delicious For Sure!!

When To Harvest Elephant Garlic?
Elephant Garlic is fun and easy to grow. It takes very little care and will ward off insects and rabbits in your garden. Elephant Garlic as well as Notoka Rose Garlic can be planted in its own bed or it can be planted in between your other vegetables and flowers. The veggies will not pick up the garlic smell.

The picture above is an Elephant Garlic Plant. I left the purple flower on it. We have couple of customers that are florist and purchase the flower for making floral arrangements. If the flower is removed early on in its growing season the head of garlic that is growing in the soil will good even larger. So if you want extra large garic remove the flower.

When To Harvest Elephant Garlic?
The photo above shows that the second set of leaves are turning yellow. Harvest the garlic when the third set of leaves turns yellow. Also the leaves will turn dried and brown and the garlic plant will fall over.

Harvest Fast and Easy. . .
When the third set of leaves are yellow and brown and dried take a shovel and gently lift the whole plant out of the soil. Examine the Elephant Garlic plant . . . look to see if the paper parchment if pulling away from the bulb. If so your garlic is ready to come out of the garden.
If the paper parchment has not started coming loose from the bulb-head then gently set it back down in the soil and check it in a couple of days. Don't wait more than a couple of days or the head will split.

Have a great day!!

Curing Elephant Garlic or Notoka Rose Garlic
Next remember to place the garlic on a screen or hang the whole plant up so air can circulate around it. This is called curing. Turn the garlic over at least every other day. Cure the garlic for 3 weeks. Then cut off the leaves and roots. Elephant Garlic and Notoka Rose make really great gifts at holiday time.

Be sure and sign up for the "SAVE Me Some" Program for Spring 2009 planting . . . .


Friday, July 11, 2008

Black Raspberry Season !!

Black Raspberry Harvest 2008 Has Been Splendid!!

Our Black Raspberry and Blackberry harvest beings June 1 (right after Asparagus). At first we were worried about getting a late Winter frost. We watched, prayed and crossed our fingers that we would be spared.

The frost will not kill the plants but will take a toll on the amount of fruit that could be harvested. By time April came we were breathless as a few cold nights lingered on from March. We were lucky to be spared the dreadfull winter weather the rest of the country was getting. We breezed right on into May with no late frost. The frost season was finally behind us -- once we were in the clear we all started jumping and dancing out in the berry fields with joy. If you drove by our farm, you would have thought we were all "crazy people".

I have received questions from several gardeners about frost. I can say this: at the home gardening level it is easy to protect your Black Raspberry and Blackberry Fruit Plants. Just take a sheet, blanket, or plastic and throw it over the top of the plants. Don't worry about the roots they will be fine. It is the branches that you will want to protect. If you grow the Black Rasberries for Farmers Markets or the selling. Make sure you have some row covers on hand. They are inexpensive and easy to put on.

Covering your Black Raspberry Plants is fast and easy to do and will save your fruit harvest.

Here are some picture of our berries that we harvest this June.

Asparagus Plants/Roots For Sale - "Save Me Some 2009"

"Save Me Some" Asparagus Plants / Roots For Sale 2009
What Is The Asparagus Plants/Roots "Save Me Some Program?
This gardening program is a convenient way to have the Asparagus Plants /Root and other gardening plants "saved" for you for Spring 2009. The benefit of the Asparagus Plants/Roots Save Me Some program is to have the Asparagus Plants / Roots available when you want to plant. No more looking endlessly at garden shops . . . no more calling and hearing . . . "Sold Out ".

Fast. . . . Easy . . . . Simple
How Do We Go About Saving Asparagus Plants/Roots and Other Garden Plant?

Just click on this link

Then follow the steps on the Order Form. Be sure to include your address, email, and phone number. You then will receive an order confirmation and an Asparagus Planting Guide. Early next Spring we will contact you and then at that time we will complete the shipping and payment details.

Just that simple!!