Master Gardener’s Plant Sale
to Benefit Xeriscape Garden in Stone Ridge
Stone Ridge, NY – The Masters Gardener program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will be hosting a Plant Sale on Saturday, September 20 at their Xeriscape Garden located on the SUNY Ulster campus on 491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The workshop and sale will take place rain or shine. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted at the sale.
The sale will offer an array of plants from the garden itself plus plants grown in the Master Gardeners gardens! The Xeriscape Garden is an interactive teaching tool in the selection of heat tolerant, water-wise plants, integrated pest management and alternative landscaping techniques.
This event will be taking place in conjunction with the Master Gardeners “Learning in the Garden” Workshop Series which takes place each month at 10:00am from May through October. September’s workshop will feature a class on “Photographing your Garden”. In addition to the Learning in the Garden Workshop Series, plant division workshops and group and one-on-one free tours are also offered at the garden throughout the year.
Please contact Master Gardener Coordinator, Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 for more information.
The Great Garlic Harvest
This entry was posted on the Hudson Valley Seed Library webiste blog on 07/15/2014.
1. When in doubt, check it out
Garlic is ready to harvest when the lower leaves begin to yellow and dry. Usually the tips start to yellow as well, but the important thing to note is that there is still plenty of green on the plant. In New York, this can be any time from the beginning of July to very early August, depending on the weather and the variety. Check on your garlic by digging up a plant or two. If the wrapper has begun to get papery, and the cloves feel solid, its okay to harvest.
It can also be helpful to time your harvest when the soil is dry to help the garlic cure properly. I've harvested garlic a bit early some years to avoid a bought of wet weather.
2. Harvest it, gently
To harvest the soil should be loose. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil around the plants. Keep the tongs of the fork a few inches back from the plants to keep from stabbing the garlic. One the plants are loosened, gently pull them out of the ground.
Don't be too rough with your garlic at this point. The cloves can bruise and end up rotting during the curing process. Gently shake off dirt, but to not clean or trim the garlic before curing.
4. Dry it out
To cure, garlic plants should left in tact. They need to be out of direct sunlight, in a well ventilated, warm, dry place. To achieve this, I tie garlic in bundles of 15 or 20 plants with sections of twine that are about 36" long, and then tie the garlic bundles to beams in a garden shed, spaced about 24" apart.
5. Clean, trim and store
After 5-6 weeks, the garlic should be fully cured. Now it can be trimmed and cleaned up for storage. The roots should be trimmed back, using garden pruners makes this process quick. Trim also the plant, leaving about 1-inch of the stem in tact. Store in a cold, dry, dark place, leaving about a week's worth of garlic in the kitchen at a time. Properly cured and stored garlic can last 4-6 months, depending on the variety.
5A. Submitted by Ulster County Master Gardener Volunteer, Jean.
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They will have garlic planting stock available for sale in August!