Clear out debris and old dying plants in your garden before they become prime habitat for slugs. Don't put old potato and cabbage plants into the compost bin. Individual garlic cloves should be planted six inches apart and two inches deep, and with the pointy end up.
Peel off the scab and eat the potatoes immediately. They won't keep very well in your root cellar. Master Gardener Ed Buyarski also has tips for mitigating potato scab, how to carefully harvest potatoes, techniques to harden or age potatoes before harvest, and setting aside small seed potatoes for next season's planting.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski recommends digging them up, hosing them down to wash off the soil, and using a hatchet to cut and separate each clump's roots. Divide up the plant so that each tuber or gnarly root section has at least two to five buds.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski suggests thinning carrots, turnips, beets and radishes so they have room to grow until October. Also, don't forget to check your garden for drainage problems, and the Juneau Food Festival is August 26.
Orange hawkweed, reed canary grass and Japanese knotweed are some of the species that have been seen in the Juneau area this season. Mitigation measures include manually pulling them out, spraying herbicide, or covering the buried roots with black plastic.
In this week’s edition of Gardentalk, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski reminds us about removing garlic scapes. Much like the deadheading of flower bulbs that was covered in last week’s segment, Buyarski explains that clipping the emerging top bud or scape...
Mound loose, well-drained soil around your potato plants as they grow so they can produce more potatoes this season. Also, Ed Buyarski has some advice in combating the cabbage root maggot and the European currant worm.
In the latest segment of Gardentalk, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski suggests using horticultural lime to sweeten or change the acidity level of your garden soil. Bags of lime are usually found in home improvement or garden outlets around Juneau.