Fall is here, and the days are shorter and colder. Many of us are winding down in our gardens, but not in our garden questions! This episode has a veritable potpourri of topics, including garden pests, keeping pathways weed-free, how to dry cayenne peppers, drip irrigation, and planting garlic.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- Preventing garden pests
- Keeping your pathways weed free
- Drying cayenne peppers
- Adding drip irrigation to organic-shaped beds
- Planting garlic and favorite varieties
A stirrup hoe (also know as a hula hoe) along with a soft rake can make keeping your pathways weed-free a breeze. Stirrup hoes are also great for cultivating large gardens.
As we mentioned in the podcast, it's likely that you already have a hard rake at home. If that's the case, you can use the hard rake instead of the stirrup hoe to break up the weeds.
The easiest way to dry your cayenne peppers is to string them together and hang them in a cool, dark place. You can grind them into flakes or use them whole.
To add drip irrigation to organic shaped areas, you'll want to use ¼-inch emitter drip line tubing rather than drip tape, anchoring it in place using garden staples. There is also another material called ½-inch emitter tubing that is a pressure compensating like drip tape, but is tube shaped and can be used in curvy beds. It’s great in larger perennial landscape installations. If you want to be able to run it on a different schedule than your garden beds, you can install a splitter at the spigot and use two different timers and main lines OR you can use a hose-bib timer that has two zones like this one from Claber.
If you do already have one hose bib timer, it's more cost effective to install a second because the single zone timers cost about 1/3rd of the price as the dual zone timers. We use this simple, easy to use, battery operated timer from Dig for all of our annual vegetable gardens.
It’s garlic planting season, and we shared a recap of the varieties our Slack group members are planting. As a recap, hardneck varieties have a stiff central stem and fewer and larger cloves. Softneck varieties have a flexible central stem, and the bulbs tend to have many small cloves and thick wrapper skins.
Below are photos of a stirrup hoe and bird netting. Both images are from our book, High Yield Vegetable Gardening which can be purchased directly from us through our online store, and at most fine booksellers and plant nurseries.
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