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Re: What varieties of garlic and onions do you like to grow?

Post  sanderson on 8/20/2016, 2:42 pm

I just ordered their catalogue.  Thanks, Ginger, for mentioning them.

I haven't been successful at growing onions. However, maybe Audrey's walking onions may survive! Embarassed This is from a head I stuck in a pot.

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Post  Dunkinjean on 8/20/2016, 8:51 pm

I live in central New Jersey and I have been growing Garlic - Polish White and Russian Red (one is softneck and one is a hardneck).
I order from Filigree Farm.

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Post  Dunkinjean on 8/20/2016, 8:53 pm

OOPS!
 It was Filaree Garlic Farm.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/20/2016, 9:21 pm

I don't want to be sounding dumb, but you buy a whole bulb with lots of little cloves...it it those cloves, broken off, that get planted, right?  jocolor

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Post  sanderson on 8/20/2016, 11:21 pm

SR, correct. Gently separate the cloves and plant pointy end up, rough, blunt end down. The roots grow from that rough blunt in.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/21/2016, 10:51 am

Thanks!  That is what I did last fall, but we had such a warm November, they actually came up!  About 6-8 inches!  Then, winter arrived, and I leaf mulched 'em, but think they got nipped.  

Trying again. This time in the old SFG, not containers.  Maybe the freeze/thaw won't be so troublesome in the ground.

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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/22/2016, 10:58 am

@trolleydriver wrote:
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There is a farm near my house that grows garlic to raise funds to support persons with developmental disabilities. I think they grew about 40,000 and the work is done by volunteers.

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Post  68carguy on 8/23/2016, 7:28 pm

I have tried many different kinds of onions but never had any luck. This year I found a bundle of sets I guess they are called, wrapped with a rubber band at a local nursery back early in the spring. Baby green onions with little bitty roots, bare root not much soil attached. Easy to plant just stuck them in the MM with one finger, watered and the dang things took off and did very well, variety was Walla Walla Sweet. Been harvesting for a couple of months, biggest ones got about baseball size, not huge but pretty nice. Flavor was very mild and not hot. Guess that why they call them sweet onions.  Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 8/23/2016, 8:15 pm

Hi Carguy happy hi Good to see you. Aren't you the member with the round composter? (rolling down the street) Any update on it?

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Post  68carguy on 8/23/2016, 9:00 pm

@sanderson wrote:Hi Carguy happy hi  Good to see you.  Aren't you the member with the round composter?  (rolling down the street) Any update on it?
Thanks Sanderson.. Very Happy
Yes you are correct about the round composter, it take's awhile to figure out how to use these things. Found out the hard way not to put any wet manures in it. I tried rabbit manure in it but all I got was about ping pong balls of poop..not good Mad So I tried a different approach. I gathered a large amount of leaves last fall, I have a bagger on my riding mower, which works really well, large amount of leave in a short time. Before starting the bagging process I built a hoop out of some fencing in the SFG, I then piled them in the SFG over the winter for about 3 to 4 months.
By that time they had decomposed quite a bit. I cleaned them out of the bed in the spring before planting time and put them in the eight ball as I call it. I also have a two compartment tumbler which I also filled both sides of that. For green's I used a product called Chickity Doo Doo, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, and anything else leaf greens that I could find. I was left with some very nice stuff for the garden in a couple of months. I used it mostly as a mulch because it wasn't broken down all the way, although it worked wonderfully. Really helped hold the moisture and just breaks down into the MM without tying up nitrogen. In fact I believe it give the plants a drink of compost tea when ever it rains or I water the plants.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/23/2016, 9:29 pm

@Ginger Blue wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:
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There is a farm near my house that grows garlic to raise funds to support persons with developmental disabilities. I think they grew about 40,000 and the work is done by volunteers.

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Post  sanderson on 8/24/2016, 12:22 pm

Carguy, Thanks for the update!

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/24/2016, 1:02 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@Ginger Blue wrote:
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There is a farm near my house that grows garlic to raise funds to support persons with developmental disabilities. I think they grew about 40,000 and the work is done by volunteers.

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Agree! sunny
Here is some info about Silver Springs Farm as well as a link to their garlic recipes.

https://www.ocapdd.on.ca/english/Services/Enterprises/Silver_Spring_Farm/

https://www.ocapdd.on.ca/english/Silver%20Spring%20Farm%20Recipes/

Maybe I should not grow my own garlic but rather buy it from them since it is for a very good cause.

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