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Friday, October 30, 2009

Planting Ghoul Repellent

What’s lurking in your Halloween plans this weekend? Do you need to ward off those evil spirits with a touch of poltergeist repellent? Now is the perfectly ghoulish time to sow the garlic bulbs so get your garden tools sharpened and start prepping your soil.

A member of the Allium family, garlic’s siblings include onions, leeks, and chives. If you can’t find proper seed garlic from suppliers, it’s worth giving the grocery store cloves a go. Choose tight, clean unblemished heads before planting. Use the large cloves from the outside ring and discard any that show signs of deterioration. Some say that the cultivated garlic is sterile and does not produce true flowers but you can produce heads with some success as proven in our own garden. Nothing beats the flavor of fresh garlic so here are a few planting tips to get you started.

Space each clove 6 to 8” apart at a depth of 2 to 2 ½” with the pointed side facing up. As soon as the ground freezes, spread 3” of mulch to protect the bulbs. This limits frost heaving and also stabilizes the soil temperature and moisture levels.

So if Dracula is coming to your house this weekend, make sure you have enough Vein-illa ice cream and don’t forget to plant your garlic! Annie

A few Halloween riddles to pinch-hit for our inspirational gardening thought of the day.

What do Skeletons say before eating? Bone Appetite.
Why do ghosts have so much trouble dating? Women can see right through them.
Why aren’t there any famous skeletons? They’re a bunch of no bodies.

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