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Garlic Chives

Post  countrynaturals on 5/22/2017, 6:55 pm

Look what I found!  Very Happy

Last year, Katie brought home some planters that were part of a donation. One of them was small (6") and half-dead. I thought it was chives, so I put it in with my other chives plant. A few days later, Hubby found it and announced it was not chives. I took a closer look, discovered the "leaves" were not hollow, but flat. I thought it was just grass and transplanted it to the "chicken garden" -- an area down by the compost where I plant things our chickens might like but we don't care about. Someone here said it might be garlic chives -- it was. I forgot all about it after that. 

Yesterday, Hubby was pulling 3' weeds out of that area and discovered this 4' tall garlic chives plant. Can you believe it? The stuff I ignore does better than the stuff I nurture. Rolling Eyes

Now the burning question is what do I do with them. They're basically tasteless, so for now they'll just be ornamental unless someone here can enlighten me on their uses. Rolling Eyes
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Post  sanderson on 5/23/2017, 3:35 am

I looks like the walking onion Audrey gave me. Same alien bulb within the leaves. ??

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/23/2017, 11:06 am

@sanderson wrote:I looks like the walking onion Audrey gave me.  Same alien bulb within the leaves.  ??
I thought those "bulbs" were blossom buds. I was expecting those huge flowers. If they're onion bulbs, that would explain a lot. Rolling Eyes I just looked at some pics and they do look more like walking onions than garlic chives. Gardening is definitely an adventure with lots of surprises. geek
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Post  Turan on 5/23/2017, 12:33 pm

It will be interesting to see what develops. My walking onions have hollow circular leaves, like onions. These seem more like leeks or garlic. In fact is it possible it is an elephant garlic (which is more closely related to a leek and very mild flavored)?

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/23/2017, 3:43 pm

@Turan wrote:It will be interesting to see what develops. My walking onions have hollow circular leaves, like onions.  These seem more like leeks or garlic.  In fact is it possible it is an elephant garlic (which is more closely related to a leek and very mild flavored)?
These leaves are definitely flat. I looked up elephant garlic and leeks and they look more disciplined. This plant is definitely unruly and out of control. I will keep you posted as the season progresses.
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Post  sanderson on 5/25/2017, 2:46 am

I have some baby tomatoes!  Those set before the heat wave when a lot of new blooms fell off.  One Roma had a little BER but that seems to be the norm for me. Embarassed   A few beans and peppers are flowering, and the 3 cucumbers that were started indoors and survived   Embarassed   are really blooming.  Two partially, naturally pollinated Munchers are growing.  The direct-sowed melons, winter squash, and the one watermelon, are doing great so far.

I started a small pile (about 1/3 full) in the new tumbler, using left-over horse manure, alfalfa hay and last summer's straw mulch.  The bar inside seems to mix up the contents pretty good when I turn it slow.  Now it's watch, wait and learn.  The heat wave is breaking for a few days so I feel a little better working out side.  I still have more sun shades to install before the 100*F weather returns.  Company is coming in June and I want to at least clean up supplies and hose everything down.  They have a professionally designed landscape and I don't think they would under stand like you guys would.

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Post  sanderson on 5/31/2017, 3:26 am

The weather has been warm but not a killer, so I have made a little more progress.  I added more leaves and a big bag of Starbucks to the tumbler so I had to push the "start" date to the 28th.  It's over 48 hours now, 125*F and covered with fuzzy white!  I think I like the design but will write a conclusion on the other thread.

The tomatoes in the beds are having a hard time keeping hydrated.  Even though I amended with homemade compost before I planted them, I'm having trouble keeping up with their water needs.  Warm breezes through the plants aren't helping.  Tonight I bit the bullet and top dressed all of the bed and bucket tomatoes with the weird compost pile I started in Feb and re-made in April.  It actually looks pretty good and had a lot of worms.  Normally, a finished and rested Berkeley batch goes directly into the beds and has very few worms except at the bottom.  This one has them everywhere except the inner warm core (120*F)

I finished setting up trellises for the melons and winter squash.  It's kind of hard to tell but there are 4 trellises, 2 feet wide, on both beds.  This is the west side yard and I'm still hemming last year's shade cloth that goes over the wood frame.  Embarassed Foreground, direct sowed 7 winter squash and 1 sugar watermelon.  Background at the turn is the cantaloupe bed.


Cantaloupe bed with one successful start and 7 direct sowed.

Side view of the newest trellis of 1" PVC pipe and 3-way fittings, strapped to the horizontal board overhead.

Now, the remaining lawn is another story. Mainly dead grass. :-( I don't know what to do with it. thinking

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/31/2017, 8:57 am

Nice sanderson.  Can you ship a couple of your trellises to me?  Very Happy

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Post  Yardslave on 5/31/2017, 11:18 am

Outstanding! Those look great- I'm using some old 4X4 welded wire fencing that's a bear to set up, but lasts a long time.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/31/2017, 1:29 pm

Surprise! Wonderful gentle rain all night. I love you Today it's too wet to work outside, so I'm spending a much-needed inside catch-up day to do laundry, pay bills, and do some general housekeeping. Day before yesterday I finished the BTE (except for the irrigation system that should be arriving any day from Home Depot). Yesterday, I almost finished up the Salad Bar (sfg) but now that will have to wait another day. I'm moving wood chips in to cover the nasty, lumpy ground to make it nice in there. When it's done I'll post the "before" pics so you can see how badly it was needed. That garden suffered a huge setback when I realized the slugs and rollies had taken over and munched every seedling I had direct-sown.  Mad I had to start over in Jiffy Pellets, and lost almost a month, but now the daikons and asparagus beans are sprouting again, so they'll go in tomorrow or the next day. I still have to replant corn salad FOR THE 4TH TIME! Evil or Very Mad I still don't know if we're going to like it or not. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Yardslave on 5/31/2017, 3:35 pm

My garden didn't get much rain- just enough to keep the dust down. I managed to catch 8 gophers this week that have been trenching around and under my boxes trying to find a way in. I also trapped a Cottontail rabbit that chewed his way through 3 squares of Italian parsley plants. I have one bunny down, and around three more to go. I take them to a Little League baseball park that's covered in grass and has a stream that runs along the edge. I figure he'll be far happier there since the rabbits have decimated all that is green in my garden, and are now targeting my veggies. My dog gave up trying to chase them off the property, so it's either trapping or resorting to using the Pellet gun to try to get rid of them. I'm pretty worried as they pop out another batch of baby bunnies every 6 weeks- hope I can get them moved before they start courting on my lawn again. Anyone have a falcon I can borrow (not a Ford Falcon!)?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/31/2017, 3:50 pm

I hate to say this but my cat has a particular fondness for bunny brains for breakfast.
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Post  sanderson on 5/31/2017, 5:33 pm

CC, What a Face

YS, Every 6 weeks? No wonder there are so many expressions about rabbits, you know what I mean. I feel like the more I garden, and add beds, the more I'm creating a mini-ecosystem here. Build it and they will come.

CN, yes, before and after photos.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/31/2017, 6:18 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I hate to say this but my cat has a particular fondness for bunny brains for breakfast.
Eww! Sad We have a jackrabbit that's more than twice the size of any of our cats, so no problem here. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Yardslave on 6/1/2017, 11:33 am

I borrowed a "Have-a-heart" trap from a friend and trapped 2 in less than 12 hours! I hope I'm not just catching all the dumb ones- I hope I get them all. I think that the largest one was a female, so I probably reduced the bunny population exponentially in my yard.
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Post  sanderson on 6/1/2017, 1:20 pm

So, 3 down, one to go? Dumb bunnies.


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Post  Yardslave on 6/1/2017, 9:12 pm

Yea, I'm down on bunnies this season, but at least there was no bloodshed in the garden. ( Gophers don't bleed out with Trapline traps I use- believe me, they are the best traps on the market)! Here's a link to the product (the large mole is my go-to trap as it kills them all, large and small):http://www.traplineproducts.com/moles.html
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/3/2017, 10:14 pm

I AM DONE! Finished! Completed! Everything important is in the ground, in the bed, in the container, in the pile -- whatever.  cheers 

I have been playing catch-up ever since I joined this forum. First it was the Salad Bar we had to build, then The Rescue Garden, then the BTE, then reclaiming the Salad Bar from the elements and the rollies. I must have moved 50 wheelbarrowfuls (sp?) of wood chips, horse manure, weeds, and rocks, not to mention all the plants I had to buy and put in the ground to replace what the spider mites ruined. There's always more to do, of course, but now I can relax and enjoy what I have and watch what develops, without that overwhelmed feeling -- like the princess in Rumpelstiltskin who had to spin a roomful of straw into gold.  Rolling Eyes My straw is finally spun!  flower
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/3/2017, 10:26 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:I AM DONE! Finished! Completed! Everything important is in the ground, in the bed, in the container, in the pile -- whatever.  cheers 

I have been playing catch-up ever since I joined this forum. First it was the Salad Bar we had to build, then The Rescue Garden, then the BTE, then reclaiming the Salad Bar from the elements and the rollies. I must have moved 50 wheelbarrowfuls (sp?) of wood chips, horse manure, weeds, and rocks, not to mention all the plants I had to buy and put in the ground to replace what the spider mites ruined. There's always more to do, of course, but now I can relax and enjoy what I have and watch what develops, without that overwhelmed feeling -- like the princess in Rumpelstiltskin who had to spin a roomful of straw into gold.  Rolling Eyes My straw is finally spun!  flower
Well done CN. But I'm afraid you are not finished. I think you need to start a SFG bed.   Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 6/4/2017, 2:34 am

CN, You deserve a break after all the work you have done in such a short time. We had such late rains this year and you have had to squeeze normal planting in with all the new beds you have created.

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@trolleydriver wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:I AM DONE! Finished! Completed! Everything important is in the ground, in the bed, in the container, in the pile -- whatever.  cheers 

I have been playing catch-up ever since I joined this forum. First it was the Salad Bar we had to build, then The Rescue Garden, then the BTE, then reclaiming the Salad Bar from the elements and the rollies. I must have moved 50 wheelbarrowfuls (sp?) of wood chips, horse manure, weeds, and rocks, not to mention all the plants I had to buy and put in the ground to replace what the spider mites ruined. There's always more to do, of course, but now I can relax and enjoy what I have and watch what develops, without that overwhelmed feeling -- like the princess in Rumpelstiltskin who had to spin a roomful of straw into gold.  Rolling Eyes My straw is finally spun!  flower
Well done CN. But I'm afraid you are not finished. I think you need to start a SFG bed.   Very Happy
If I ask Hubby to build me one more bed, I'll either end up in divorce court or playing pinochle with the rollie pollies in the compost heap. affraid
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/4/2017, 9:55 am

@sanderson wrote:CN,  You deserve a break after all the work you have done in such a short time.  We had such late rains this year and you have had to squeeze normal planting in with all the new beds you have created.  
I love the term "normal planting." I've never experienced that before. Rolling Eyes 

I was up at 5:45am, touring the garden for slugs. NOT A ONE! Twisted Evil Rollies are under control with the citrus peel treatments and everything started on the deck in Jiffy Pellets.

Today I'm going to finish planting the rest of the mystery starts from the spider mite fiasco. After that, who knows? I might just sit out in the garden and read.
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Post  Yardslave on 6/4/2017, 12:10 pm

CN, Would you please explain what the citrus peel treatment is. I have my beds covered with wood chips which seem to always attract rollipolli and pinch bugs. If the base of the plants are covered by the chips the bugs move in and start to ring the plant's base, killing them. It always seems to happen just when the tomatoes are starting to deliver. Spinosid works, but I'd like to find a cheaper solution.
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@Yardslave wrote:CN, Would you please explain what the citrus peel treatment is. I have my beds covered with wood chips which seem to always attract rollipolli and pinch bugs. If the base of the plants are covered by the chips the bugs move in and start to ring the plant's base, killing them. It always seems to happen just when the tomatoes are starting to deliver. Spinosid works, but I'd like to find a cheaper solution.
I circle the base of the plant with the citrus peels just before dark and wet them down. Make sure there are no gaps for the little creeps to get through. The slugs and rollies go to the peels. The next morning I go out early -- before the sun hits the plant -- and scoop up the peels/bugs for the compost heap. Don't let the peels dry or they'll curl up and make spaces for the bugs to get through. I don't know anything about pinch bugs, but rollies and slugs would rather have the peels than the plants. They seem to like melon rinds better than citrus, but citrus works. You might also try making a ring from the top of a plastic cup and putting around the plant stem. Anything non-organic is worth a try. 

I've also used expensive copper tape around the base of plants to thwart slugs. It gives off a mild jolt they don't like. You must be diligent with that, however. If a leaf or twig lands on the tape it can make a bridge that the slugs can use to climb over and still get to the plants.

I haven't had any problems with established plants as long as I trim off any leaves that might touch the ground, so maybe it's the pinch bugs that are giving you grief and my solution may not work for you. Fingers crossed that if the peels don't work, the plastic ring will.


I just planted daikons for the 4th time, after realizing the rollies ate the first 3 tries. This time I planted them in peat pots and didn't put them out until they sprouted. I put the pots in those cheap little plastic sandwich bags, then cut out the bottoms. So far so good. In a few days, after the radishes get their first true leaves, I'll pull off the plastic and hope for the best. If this works, it will be the cheapest, easiest (ugliest) solution of all. Rolling Eyes
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Post  sanderson on 6/5/2017, 3:41 am

YS, a light sprinkle of Sluggo Plus? I know the insects like oranges on the ground, but you have to collect the insects to get rid of them. What about a few granules of SP on the citrus?

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