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by Paquebot
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Fruits/Berries/Currants
Topic: Thornless blackberries
Replies: 24
Views: 3591

Re: Thornless blackberries

I decided that there was not going to be another disappointing season. Seven of the 8 plants were cut to the ground. The 8th plant had been being trained so the canes were bent as if sprawling. There were 9 or 10 canes involved and up to 10' long. A 6" cushion of shredded leaves was laid down and th...
by Paquebot
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Onions
Topic: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions
Replies: 25
Views: 5748

Re: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions

From the left, first two look good. They will dry and their necks will close off. Then they will sleep well during the winter. Middle one didn't bulb but may still remain viable. Fourth one may not close up but could still survive. Last one a bit bigger than they should be but will survive to become...
by Paquebot
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)
Replies: 36
Views: 950

Re: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)

My fertilizing system with manure and Milorganite is an organic way. If you have no choice but non-organic you can use 20-10-10 which is the best for grasses. Works equally well for garlic and onions. Should be readily available in such places as Ace or Home Depot.

Martin
by Paquebot
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)
Replies: 36
Views: 950

Re: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)

The horse manure and Milorganite were tilled in a day or two before planting. Normally would have planted immediately but a shower delayed it. If the soil is worked a foot deep, that is perfect. Garlic goes looking for food almost that deep. There is no worry about what the soil is below that. The t...
by Paquebot
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)
Replies: 36
Views: 950

Re: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)

Without making things too complicated, the way to get biggest bulbs is giving the plants space and food. If there were just one plant, spread of roots would be a foot in all directions and nearly 3 feet deep. Planting in less than 8" spacing is not giving them enough root space. Everything was 8" sp...
by Paquebot
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Open Pollinated/Tomatoes of Yesteryear
Topic: Which Varieties Exceeded Your Expectations?
Replies: 22
Views: 4386

Re: Which Varieties Exceeded Your Expectations?

Production fools were Ivory Pear, Red Hunter, Transparent, and Tsunghigo. Grasa de Tismana produced the most BLT-size fruit. Kukla's Portuguese Beefsteak was close behind. King Kong lived up to its name and Pink Cadillac also a winner.

Martin
by Paquebot
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Fruits/Berries/Currants
Topic: Thornless blackberries
Replies: 24
Views: 3591

Re: Thornless blackberries

Triple Crowns are expensive to buy as most places are $10 and up plus shipping. If anyone wants 7 or 8, they can be had for exact cost of postage. I have 15 rooted tips in water right now and too nice to throw away. Seven have already gone to Colorado for the cost of a medium Priority Mail box. Impo...
by Paquebot
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: garlic bulbils, and catawissa topsets offer
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: garlic bulbils, and catawissa topsets offer

FYI Difference between Catawissa and ordinary walking onions is the number of topsets. Regular Egyptians produce just one cluster. Catawissa will double and triple-stack clusters. That was an important factor 100 years ago when spring onions were so important. They produced many more sets to plant b...
by Paquebot
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Root Crops
Topic: What are your carrot growing tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 7440

Re: What are your carrot growing tips?

Sugarsnax advertised at 10" to 12" and it will do it if given the proper growing conditions. My main carrot pots are about 15" deep and the "snax" pair can reach the bottom. May look for some deeper pots for next year and see just what they can do. Stashed 21 pails of old horse manure today so there...
by Paquebot
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)
Replies: 36
Views: 950

Re: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)

As long as depth has been mentioned, I have found that it does not matter if the cloves are placed barely under the surface or 5" deep. They mature bulb are all going to be at least 6' below the surface when dug. At We Grow Garlic, cordless bulb auger was used for a few years to make holes about 5''...
by Paquebot
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)
Replies: 36
Views: 950

Re: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)

Prepping ahead of time is good idea and one I use. The bed was tilled several weeks ago to work in some compost and what was left of the mulch. Yesterday aged horse manure was spread at the rate of about one gallon per square foot. May seem like a lot but it's just what garlic needs. Today the Manti...
by Paquebot
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)
Replies: 36
Views: 950

Re: Fun, I have garlic! (Oh crap, now what?)

There is always the question of when to plant. Until the last couple decades, northern zones were recommended for spring planting. That's how I grew it for about 20 years. Somewhere along the was it was switched to fall planting. But, it is not one-size-fits-all. It goes by zones Zone 3 would be 1-1...
by Paquebot
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Onions
Topic: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions
Replies: 25
Views: 5748

Re: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions

Everyone can get an idea of what a bottle onion is by Pony's picture. I's the shape of old-style bottles. They are not slicers but for cooking. They are also interesting in that they are semi-sweet and yet store well into the winter. They seal very nicely just as the set shows.

Martin
by Paquebot
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year

Sari, didn't see any mention in my post about US gardeners only. When I offered tomato seeds on several sites, it was always gratis to foreign gardeners. (Just sent some to Austria last week.) Contact me and I will assure that you become the first Finn to grow Martin's Heirloom garlic.

Martin
by Paquebot
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year

@JRinPA bulbils don't take much space at all. The rounds and then the small bulbs take a bit more space each year until ready to grow full sized. That does not apply to all types of garlic. At We Grow Garlic, I once requested that 3 of every hardneck be left intact. The results were 3 distinct type...
by Paquebot
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year

JRinPA wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:21 pm
Selling?
Not allowed to mention anything for sale on TJ!

Martin
by Paquebot
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Garlic
Topic: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: Seed garlic in short supply - order now if you want it this year

Growing garlic for commercial sale is a lot different than growing for seeds. A certain amount must be saved for the following year and there is no freezing any leftovers for the next year. With some such as rocambole, almost 25% of the harvest must be saved just to maintain the same quantity. Bulbi...
by Paquebot
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Onions
Topic: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions
Replies: 25
Views: 5748

Re: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions

I am not in full speed since I did not have mature bulbs to plant back this spring. With health being shaky, that is why I enlisted a number of others to carry on with the seeds that I had. Now I have two-thirds of the picture with sets and bulbs. If all goes well, I will have all three at this time...
by Paquebot
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Seed Saving Methods, Tips & Discussion
Topic: Collected Tomato Seeds Not Fermenting...
Replies: 15
Views: 4367

Re: Collected Tomato Seeds Not Fermenting...

Adding more water dilutes it and inhibits fermentation. Fermentation relies on sugar. Some varieties are very low Brix and will be very slow to ferment if water is added. I have had several this year that did not scum over but the seeds were still released from their gel. I generally add about 25% w...
by Paquebot
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Onions
Topic: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions
Replies: 25
Views: 5748

Re: Amish Yellow Bottle Onions

Onions are one which need full sun. Location of the plants is probably why they are way behind mine.

If the neck of an onion bulb does not close up, it won't keep. It lets in all sorts of bacteria and it will rot. Same applies to both large and small bulbs.

Martin

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