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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy wrote:
Think I should take a 'patent pending' just in case someone else steals my new project??

That could be a good idea! Very Happy

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Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update!!

I lifted the garlic yesterday I know I should have left it longer but I just couldnt resist pulling it out. This year I will plant it in October.
I used some of it tonight and it was just delicious what a difference from what you buy in the supermarkets. Or maybe its just my imagination Think Think
I'm going to take some to my sister-in-law tomorrow and I think if I go the France in Sept. I'll buy some garlic there and then plant it when I get home.
My tomatoes are taking a long time to ripen and I've lots of flowers on my cucumbers but so far I cant see any cucumbers forming Pray Pray Pray But I did get ONE strawberry - I really didnt expect the plants to give fruit this year but perhaps its because I planted them in the greenhouse.

My big tall hedge is going to get its yearly haircut this weekend My next door neighbours son in law cuts it for me and he gives me help with other things in the garden too. He's such a nice person and that makes a big difference.
How are your gardens doing?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife has an herb garden and despite the rain is doing okay. The main problem with growing anything in my yard are all of the lousy deer that nobody shoots anymore. I'll have to find out when garlic should be planted here and try to grow some. Everyone claims that fresh garlic is so much better than the dried stuff you buy at the market. Speaking of buying garlic we have markets that sell garlic from China where they bleach it to make it whiter.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed white garlic in our supermarket too, but i never looked to see where it was grown i'll look the next time I see it on sale. I prefer to buy the garlic that has a purple tinge to it.
Sometimes though the garlic bought in the stores have a 'musty' odour that doesnt smell like garlic at all.
I'm definatley planting a lot more this year.
My sister's husband always planted garlic and he supplied all the family with it. I remember after it was grown he always had it hanging in his shed to dry. When one of the family had been to Italy they brought back garlic for him to plant and after that he always kept some back to plant for the following year. He always planted it around the first half of October and then gathered it in around September.
Once it was planted he just left it and didnt need to do anything agin until it was ready to lift. Go on and have-a- go one clove of garlic planted about 8/9inches apart.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the tips. Too bad we used the garlic we brought back from Italy last year!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planted garlic using the grocery store cloves I had in my refrigerator. It grew up just fine but then the deer ate it!!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rosie
One thing is for sure that if you happen to come close to that deer you sure will be able to identify it -- Dancing Dancing Dancing you'll be able to smell it before you see it Applause Applause Applause Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Emmy

Pity about losing all your garlic though d'oh!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad my wife would get upset if I gave a deer or two an extra Eye!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil wrote:
Speaking of buying garlic we have markets that sell garlic from China where they bleach it to make it whiter.

Shocked Shocked Shocked That's scary Eh? I wonder why they have to add chemical things to food just to make it look better Brick wall

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