Anticipation of those fresh vegetables hard to resist!
I know many of you have started your gardens and the anticipation of fresh vegetables is very hard to resist. Have you tried to grow garlic? Garlic is relatively easy to grow, and is a member of the Allium family. Grows best in soil where Alliums have never grown. Garlic loves nitrogen and can be grown in large pots. There are two types of garlic, hardnecks and softnecks and can be planted about two inches deep, then covered with mulch to discourage weeds. Garlic can be grown in full sun and harvest when the bottom leaves turn brown.
Garlic bulbs will keep for months hung up in a cool dry place or can be stored in the freezer. Green cloves of garlic will burn your tongue but most people let them dry before using. Garden vegetables varieties are improved on, with new varieties coming out each year and these are some new ones for 2017.
Candle fire F1 okra are bright red pods that withstand disease, their tender, have a good taste and texture. It takes about 60 days to mature. Castle Dome broccoli is tolerant to heat and cold. Heads can be cut after 50 days and grow to about two feet high. Candysnak carrots grow from 8 to 10 inches long with a 65-day maturity. They resist leaf spot, leaf blight, root rot, and stem canker. Patio Pride peas are sweet, tender peas that take about 40 days to mature. Honeybaby F1 winter squash are ready to harvest after 90 to 100 days. Gherking F1 cucumbers grow three to five inches long and take up to 55 days to mature. Mini Love F1 watermelons are sweet and juicy and can be planted after last frost and harvested between July and September. Pan Americans Stellar F1 Tomato are tasty and take about 75 days to mature. They are a blight resistant variety. I hope that this spring will be an inspiration for you to get that garden going bigger and better than ever.