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    @redhdlois At least your carrots thrived to something you can use! I only had a couple of teeny taproots from carrot seeding this year. Did you make carrot soup or roast the roots?
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    Asian Pigeonwings. The flowers grow fast and it have a lot of benefits in our health. It can be used for herb medication and it is very effective.
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    I plan to count out a certain number of bulbil bulbs and separate the cloves (I have found a few cloves that have turned bad when I reach for a few for cooking or roasting) so I have them set aside for planting in the spring. The garden has maybe up to 40 bulbils left to fend for themselves over winter (I did not pull every single one out-too much effort after multiple garden weedings and soil turnovers).

    A French home decor magazine had a town writeup and one photo of a farmer's market showed a banner for pink garlic from Tarn in Albi, France. Wonder what's special about pink garlic?
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    Oh, @Ciel - It's so funny you should mention that! Last week, I was looking up different varieties I might like to try growing and found an article describing a beautiful pink type that originated in southern France. The name in that article was, "Rose de Lautrec" but I read it also has a few other names (like simply, "Lautrec"). The information on the Rasa Creek Farm site says, "Rose de Lautrec is a name which actually refers to the Creole garlic grown within a very limited region in southern France. There are 4 different Creole cultivars that can legally be named Rose de Lautrec if they are grown within that region. Those cultivars are Iberose, Goulurose, Edenrose and Jardirose...."

    If you do an online search for "Rose de Lautrec", you will find more information!

    There is a nice picture of it at this site.

    It looks pretty, and I would love to try growing it, but it is a variety (Creole) that prefers warmer climates and usually doesn't do well in most parts of Canada, from what I have read. (Most garlic that seems to do well here are the Rocambole, Porcelain, and Marbled/Striped varieties). I might try to find some bulbils and grow it, anyway, because I am intrigued!
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    Love that blog name, Bulbs of Fire! Thanks for the fascinating read and oodles of garlic variety info, @TrueNorthTreasures ! Here I thought that Ontario garlic festivals (three that I know of) were the last word in garlic and now I know of this farm!

    On the Rasa farms site, I saw mention of Yugoslavian (Porcelain) garlic. Seems like the variety my late father used to plant in the late 70s and 80s due to the colours seen in the photo. What a time warp for me!
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    Isn't that a great name?! ("Bulbs of Fire") It made me laugh! I have never been to a garlic festival, but I think it would be fun.
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    A friend recently referred me to an online forum for gardeners who love to grow tomatoes. (There are sections on the forum relating to other crops, too). My impression is that it is mainly geared towards people with gardening experience/experience growing tomatoes, but I am sure everyone with a sincere interest would be welcome. If you would like to check it out, please pm me and I will send you the name or link.
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    The article on garlic in Mother Earth magazine (Oct 2019?) mentioned the need for phosphorus to be added to the soil. Guess that is why late father added manure most springs to his vegetable garden.

    But since phosphoric acid in pop leaches calcium from my bones, could I pour a case of Dr. Pepper or Coke into the soil bed for garlic and call it a good deed for garlic?
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