An­tic­i­pa­tion of those fresh veg­eta­bles hard to re­sist!

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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