Sunday, November 17, 2013

SPROUTING EARLY


OH OH!
Calling all my gardening friends


Shallots sprouting early
We were at the farm yesterday and I found that both the shallots AND the garlic that I planted just a couple of weeks ago, are already sprouting!!
So this newbie asks, is this going to be a problem?

Garlic sprouting early
I am happy of course to see something sprouting that I planted, that's always a great feeling, but we may also have our first (light) freeze next weekend.  I don't know if that's another issue.  Should I trim these back?  The hay mulch we put down got blown off in a windstorm.  Should I put more?  Leave it as is?

Otherwise, it was a good time at the farm.  Got to mow, did some inside and outside projects, relaxed a bit and of course 2nd Man cooked a great meal.
It's always good when we can have a weekend like that.

UPDATE:


To all your comments helping this newbie worrying about his garlic, LOL.
I love having so many friends who can point me in the right direction.


19 comments:

  1. this is perfectly fine. the tops might fall back when it gets colder but they will sprout up again. they know their job and they are doing it.

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    1. Yay! I thought I did something wrong, like maybe our weather was too mild and they thought it was Spring, ha. Let go and let nature do its thing, right? Ha.

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  2. I agree. I don't think it will bother them. It's only the tops and the good stuff is underground. Stop worrying so much. It is what it is. Have a great week.

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    1. Ha, it's just after last Spring and having to let the garden go, I didn't want to be off to a bad start again, LOL. Thanks for stopping by, yep, the week is here, you too!

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  3. This is fine. Isn't it exciting?
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks, yes, very! Baby steps, right? :-)

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  4. We planted our garlic yesterday, tucked them up in bed and soon a blanket of snow will keep them cosy until spring.However,our lilacs have buds on them!
    Jane x

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    1. Hard to think of a blanket of snow as cozy, haha. But I understand. I guess the plants know what they are doing lol. Be warm!!

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  5. Thanks for reminding me I must plant garlic. Those sprouts look so pretty.

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    1. They are pretty aren't they? I love when plants spring up (no pun intended) out of the ground like that. It's a wonderful circle of life.

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  6. I think this is what it is supposed to do - get a start before winter, then stop and freeze, then start growing again in spring. But my thumb is a very pale green, so... ;)

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    1. Makes sense to me! And hey, when it comes to plants, pale green thumb is better than brown or black, right? ;-)

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  7. You're fine. Mine have also sprouted, and I'm glad they did. I found the squirrels had dug around in the bed and moved many of them, so I had to dig some out and replant them (they were developing lovely roots). I do cover mine with straw or leaves, but I think our winters are much colder than yours.

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    1. I might still get some mulch it down, just to keep it snug. Glad to know they are doing what they do. But yes, you do have a much colder winter, ha. Stay warm!!

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  8. You are doing just fine. I would mulch it good and let it go. I noticed that mine is starting to sprout too. It's just what garlic does. You are going to have some beautiful garlic come springtime.
    Sci

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    1. Thank you! And nice to see you again! Miss your comments, you are always welcome here, I know you know your stuff too! :-) Amazing that it all sprouts everywhere and then does what it's supposed to huh?

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    2. 1st Man,

      I have to 2nd what Sci stated. I always put straw over the top of my sprouts and garden beds before letting them rest through the winter.
      Enjoy your harvest come Spring :-)

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  9. No need for me to respond. It does seem that you have quite a few experienced gardeners that follow you 1st man.

    It never gets old for me... year after year, I get excited to see the 1st sprouts in my garden! Yay!!!

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    1. Ha, you are too sweet. The first sprouts are so exciting, even in WINTER< ha.

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