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Newsletter: August 19, 2021

Season in the Soil

We are hosting an event in the garden from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 26 titled seasons in the soil with speaker Rich Mohr. Make sure to sign up via our website.

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This Week

We breached the 1000 pound mark this week with another 65 pounds harvested on Monday. I have noticed a white fly problem on our brassicas. Please do not let your brassicas become overgrown.

Friday Crew: (9am to 12 Pm) (Weather Permitting)

Please turn compost, prune yellowing leaves off of tomatoes, sow carrots in bed 17B.

Next Week

Monday Priorities: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Harvest, if needed.
  • Pull collards, replace with swiss chard.
  • Swiss chard replacements in bed 27.
  • Clean up fence from morning glories.

Friday Priorities: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Harvest available vegetables.
  • Crew cut Penn State beds back to 3 inches.

Vegetable of the Week

Garlic Growing Guide

Clove DepthClove SpacingHardneck Cloves per BulbHardneck Cloves per PoundSoftneck Cloves per BulbSoftneck Cloves per Bulb

Hardneck Garlic: Allium sativum subsp. ophioscorodon Cloves grow in a single circle around a central woody stem. These varieties also produce, or attempt to produce, a flower-like stalk. What makes these garlics stand out is the range and quality of flavors they exhibit. Hardneck garlics typically have a shorter storage life than softnecks.

Softneck Garlic: Allium sativum subsp. sativum These varieties produce cloves in several layers around a soft central stem. Approximate cloves per pound can vary based on seasonal conditions and the variety. These easy-to-grow garlics are excellent in the kitchen and usually have the best storage qualities. Great for braiding.


  • Garlic thrives in rich, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0
  • Work in 1 inch layer of compost, 1/2 cup of bone meal, 1/2 cup fertilizer per 5 row feet
  • When spring growth begins: water to keep the soil slightly moist, and fertilize
  • As harvest approaches: water less to avoid molding or staining

Hardnecks: cut off any flowering stems (scapes) at the top leaf to redirect energy to the bulb; scapes can be used like green onions

Direct Sowing

  • In Northern regions, garlic is best planted by the end of October, or 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes
  • Southern regions may plant as late as March
  • Separate the cloves of garlic just prior to planting, keeping as much skin on as possible
  • Plant cloves pointed end up
  • Mulch with clean straw or leaves to 4 inches
  • Harvest & Storage
  • Harvest when the top 4-5 leaves are slightly green and lower leaves are dry
  • Begin checking for mature bulbs in late June
  • Each green leaf represents one layer of covering over the bulb in the ground
  • Tie the plants in small bundles and dry in a cool, shaded, well-ventilated location for about 3-4 weeks
  • After curing is done, cut foliage and roots from bulbs and store in mesh bags
  • Softnecks: you can keep leaves on and braid the whole plant

Workday Task List


  • Perimeter of fence (inside and outside)
  • Shed and Compost areas
  • Perimeter of communal raised beds
  • Pollinator beds outside fenced area

Cleaning and Organizing

  • Communal materials
  • Shed
  • Tools

General Maintenance

  • Pulling dead plants and crops
  • Repairing Hoses and Irrigation lines
  • Repair and maintain rain barrel
  • Repairing fence

Seasonal or As needed

  • Soil installation
  • Woodchip/mulch installation
  • Harvesting crops
  • Irrigating pollinator beds