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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Dracula is not welcome here!

The potatoes are coming up well. I have earthed them up a few times & it seems there's no stopping them!

I have also planted marigolds (shown on last post) in with the potatoes . Marigolds smell strongly & so deter pests. Also, I have heard that their roots help to kill eelworm & other baddies in the soil. Potatoes are a brillinant crop to grow, because they are so easy. You just stick them in the ground, earth them up a bit, water them & then reap the benefit in round about 12 weeks. New potatoes (about the size of a golf ball) taste wonderful. You just rinse them under the tap & boil / steam for a few mins. Add a bit of butter & mint to them when cooked and mmm mmm yummy!

If you don't have room, think again - you can plant these in containers very easily - large plant pots, buckets, bags you name it. You can then just pick them as & when you need them. They grow in just about any soil & will actualy help to break up & improve the soil, so you can't go wrong!

Another favourite of mine to grow is garlic. I planted mine in October last year into the raised beds. It's great when they suddenly appear (you can easily forget you planted them). This is how they are looking now:




I can't wait till Summertime to pick these. They store ever so well; I still have some from last year. To store them I get old pairs of tights and put the garlic in then make a knot in between each one. I then hang all the tights up in the garage. When I want a garlic, I just go cut off the one at the bottom of the tights. I also store onions in this way.

Garlic is also good to use on companion planting. It smells strong & so deters the pests. An old wives tale used to be to plant a row of garlic as a border, so that rabbits would not pass the border. It deters Dracula, so who knows?

If you boil the leaves of garlic you can use it as a spray to deter aphids & I have also heard it can help to prevent tomato blight & mildew in cucumbers. It is so good for us humans, no wonder it's good for the plants too!

Still no rain here, so the watering is a major priority. I am also getting desperate to plant more things outside, but know from experience it's still too early. Only a couple of weeks to go & then I can start filling the outside garden up, rather then just the greenhouse.

Thanks for reading x

12 comments:

  1. Summersetlass1 May 2011 10:18

    I love garlic and potatoes and new potatoes tossed in mild garlic butter combines the two ...delicious!

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  2. Welcome to Blotanical - which is how I found you and your garlic, which looks very impressive. I'm quite envious - mine is wilting in the drought...

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  3. Summersetlass - yes, does sound very nice!!!

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  4. beangenie - i will be glad for rain. It's an effort doing all this watering!

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  5. Looking good! Must earth up my potatoes :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

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  6. I love garlic, and homegrown variety is always so much more potent.

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  7. mangocheeks - it is isn't it? And so easy to grow.

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  8. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I'm going to have a go at garlic spray this year to try and do something about those swarms of whitefly.

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  9. I have used the garlic spray before & it's worked very well - good luck!

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  10. I've just planted out my veggies but same here, the potatoes keep on going crazy!

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  11. Sarah - yep, can't wait to taste them!

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  12. Lovely read as always will try garlic spray grow some for the first time this year

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