Learn how to prepare your soil and plant garlic in fall for harvest the following summer. In planting zone 5a, plant your garlic between mid-October and early November for harvest the following late July.
Mindful Gardening visits Pollinator Gardens, a family-owned rural property just outside of Bradford, Ontario. It’s a gardener’s dreamscape: large vegetable gardens, roaming chickens, a greenhouse, and many native and non-native flowers and trees that support different species of pollinators including butterflies. In addition to touring the property, I speak with owner Maria DaCosta about how she supports pollinators and how she is preparing for the months ahead through seed saving and preserving. Pollinator Gardens also sells hand-harvested seeds from vegetable and flower plants grown on the property. Get in touch by visiting http://www.instagram.com/pollinatorga… and http://www.facebook.com/Pollinator-ga…, or calling (289) 231-7747.
Click here to view Bridget Indelicato’s Facebook interview with Rebecca from Simcoe County CAPC CPNP – MotherCare & Next Step. In this interview, Bridget from the Innisfil Seed Library speaks about the benefits of seed saving as well as how to save seeds from popular vegetables and herbs.
Learn how to save lettuce seeds, including how to identify when your lettuce is ready to set seeds, when they are ready to harvest and how to collect, clean and store them.
Learn how to save tomato seeds using the fermentation process. By fermenting your tomato seeds, and other seeds with gelatinous coatings around them, you are ensuring clean, healthy, viable seeds to grow in future seasons. Also get tomato seed drying and storing tips.
Learn how to tell when your planted garlic is ready to harvest and how to do it. Also learn about how to dry and cure your homegrown garlic for longer storage.
Learn how to “top” basil and prune suckers from your tomato plants for a bigger harvest.