So autumn is a grand old time to plant garlic.
I was gifted with a lot.
Some of it was sprouting already, which is awesome. Always nice to know what you are putting in the ground is fertile.
I did fairly extensive prep and planted the vast amount closer than recommended, 10cms apart and rows the same distance away ish. Rather than the recommended rows 40cms apart.
To plant garlic you pull apart the bulbs, and plant the cloves individually. The old roots should be removed as they’re never going to come back to life. But the cloves grow another root plate.
I think it’s awe-inspiring, all the wonderful things plants do.
And so the garlic is in, and it’s almost all going great. I mulched heavily with sugarcane mulch. It’s not straw (which is recommended), but I prefer sugarcane to most other mulches, so I went with what I know and like.
Now in return for the garlic I need to manage to strike some raspberry canes. Not sure how challenging that will be. I’ve been putting it off even through I planned to cut them down to nothing. I didn’t sting up wires for them to train onto and they have become fairly unruly. On the plus side if I can strike cuttings I can keep some back for myself as well.
Today I collected seed from my garlic chives.
I also broke off some or the seed heeds from the sweet basil, but they are looking like more trouble than they’re worth right now. Still I haven’t had much success with basil and these pants have managed to live long enough to set seed. That’s a big plus as far as I’m concerned it’s a sign that the gene line should continue.
The difference between dill and fennel escapes me. I had planted something earlier that was one of them, but I can’t recall which. I harvested some of it’s seed today as well. Having ripped them out ages ago, and noticed it was still there on my rubbish pile. Some of it has self-sown. I love that. I’ll leave it there even though it’s an awkward spot, until I find out which is which. My hunch is that i have fennel.
Nettles, the stinging kind, have invaded the patch. I should do something with them other than just rip them out. I was thinking that I should learn about uses for the other weeds that are local here too. Mallow, purple saltbush, chicory, horehound, boxthorn, and a bunch of others I don’t know the names of. There must be something that I can do with these things.
The mallow plants are horrible. They are such a pain in the butt to pull out once they get established they hold on for dear life. Digging them out is my only option. But they are much better than the caltrops (which we call bindii) cos the bindii hurt like hell.
Oh, and my passionfruit marigold is flowering! It looks like a daisy-like marigold (this is where my vocabulary falls down). But the foliage smell divine. It doesn’t have a growth habit like a marigold though. It’s more shrubby. I am very glad I bought it when I bought those violet varieties. And speaking of my violets, they have all survived (with minimal care) and some are flowering at the moment. Little pink blooms are just barely peeking out from behind the leaves.
I’m used to the violets NannyGnomey has here. There grow like weeds, and I think they’re just standard viola odorata. The blooms grow well above the leaves and proudly announce themselves. I always breathe deep when I walk past.
I think violets are my all time favourite flowering plant.
The website that I ordered my violets from (www.honeysuckle-cottage.com.au) has clove pinks as well. I’ve been thinking about grabbing some of those too. I like the idea of having a plant with a story in my garden.
I have so much parsley, both curly leaf and flat leaf varieties, I’m not should what to do with it. I’ve never been much into tabbouleh. If only I had that much basil I’d be in pesto heaven.
But the basil was delicious on my pizza last week. 🙂