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Fall Harvest in the Johnston Garden

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We’ve had quite the garden adventures this summer in the Johnston garden!  Many of you have heard us chat about our squirrel adventures and then fun that we have had.  Gardening is a great way to get the whole family involved in an activity with the added bonus of getting lots of home grown veggies.
This year we have most definitely had some successes with various vegetables….the abundance of zucchinis and delicious fresh tomatoes.  With drought like conditions for an extended period of time, we have also had some challenges keeping things alive!  But all in all, it has been a really positive experience.

So now, as Fall is underway, we are harvesting some gourds and a few pumpkins, as well as thinking ahead for next year’s garden.

While many of wouldn’t think about planting in the Fall,  but, according to  http://smallfarmcanada.ca/ October is the best month for the best and biggest garlic, that’s the ideal time to get your cloves down into the ground. If you are starting with your own garlic stock (only perfect specimens, of course), it’s good to begin by figuring out just how many finished plants you want to harvest the following summer. Each separated clove will likely produce one good-sized, finished garlic bulb, and you may want some more for seed. Add on a few more for potential losses, or needy friends.

We might just be giving the garlic planting a try this Fall, depending on if the weekend brings decent weather.  Garlic is so good for you!

Each serving of garlic contains:

  • Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
  • Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
  • Fiber: 1 gram.

In addition, garlic can reduce the frequency of getting the common cold, it can help reduce blood pressure, lowers bad chloestral levels which can help reduce the risk of heart disease…and of course, it is a welcome addition to  many recipes!!

We look forward to sharing more of our garden adventures with you !

Enjoy the weekend!

And…still…happy gardening!!!

From the Johnstons

 

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