Extending the Gardening Season: Extending The Garden Season

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Name: Frederick Decker
Candor, NY 13743-1128
cadecker
Oct 31, 2017 6:26 AM CST
I would like to thank you for your recent articles on Extending The Garden Season.
Using one of your previous articles, 5 weeks ago, I successfully planted radishes in a raised bed and picked and ate them yesterday (2017-10-29).
I noticed that by planting late, my radishes did not suffer damage from worms in the soil.
Also the taste is milder.
As a note:
I am used old tractor tires with the sidewalls cut out as raised beds.
I am growing: Garlic and Garleek (flat leaf scallion type); Rhubarb plus strawberries in 15 tractor tire raised beds.
Garleek:
After many years of trial and error, I found out that the Garleek crop comes from the edible tops rather than from the bottom or the cloves. In replanting, I harvest seeds from the top and very small cloves from the bottom. To get a significant growth, it may take a two year growing season.
Harvest time is May/June before it gets too hot and the stalks harden and become woody and inedible.
The size (height) of the plant can be determined by how deep you plant the seed/cloves. The closer to the surface they are planted, the shorter the stems are.
Each year, I cut and freeze around 2 -1/2 gallon for year around use in cooking.
I also enjoy sitting in the garden and eating the fresh from the garden.
I currently have Garleek growing that I could harvest, but because they are small, I will let them die off and harvest them in May/June 2018.
Some other Notes:
Due to the unusual season this year, I harvested my Rhubarb twice. It went dormant after the first picking and the hot weather. When the weather turned cold going into the low thirties for a week or so, the Rhubarb plant must have gotten confused an thought it was Spring again. The second crop was better than the first.
I live in Upstate New York, 20 miles from Ithaca, NY.
Your may contact me for any additional information if you find any of this information useful.
I haven't taken any photos, but I will and can make them available.

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