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My Garlic Looks Like An Onion – Why Are My Garlic Cloves Not Forming

Growing your own garlic is pretty easy. Home-grown garlic has a much richer flavor than what you’ll find at the store. But if you have no garlic cloves or your garlic isn’t forming bulbs, it’s hard to enjoy the harvest. Troubleshoot the issue to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Why Isn’t My Garlic Ready? The simplest solution to a problem with bulb or clove formation is that your garlic plants simply aren’t ready. It takes at least 30 nights with temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) for good development of cloves. If you pull up a garlic plant and see a small bulb or a bulb with no apparent cloves, it may just not be ready yet. Leave the rest of the plants alone and give them some more time. It isn’t until the last couple of weeks of ripening that you’ll actually be able to see

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Red Toch Garlic Info: Tips For Growing Red Toch Garlic Bulbs

Growing your own garlic provides the chance to try types that are not readily available on store shelves. Such is the case when growing Red Toch garlic – a type of garlic you’re sure to love. Read on for some additional Red Toch garlic info. What is Red Toch Garlic? Red Toch is one of the garlics found to grow vigorously near the city of Tochliavri in the Republic of Georgia, of former USSR. This small area claims a variety of tasty cultivars, with Tochliavri garlic becoming a favorite in many places worldwide. Wondering what makes it such a favorite? An Allium sativum offering a mild, yet complex, flavor and a unique aroma, many use this Tochliavri garlic for occasions when it will be eaten raw – yes, raw. Some have even called it the “perfect garlic,” using it in dips, salads and other dishes that call for its use

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Texas Mountain Laurel Care: What Is A Texas Mountain Laurel Bush

Texas mountain laurel is a tough evergreen shrub or small tree native to Mexico and the American Southwest. It is known for its attractive, fragrant flowers and its extreme drought hardiness. Keep reading to learn more about growing Texas mountain laurels in the landscape. Texas Mountain Laurel Info What is a Texas mountain laurel? Of no relation to the flowering mountain laurel shrub native to the eastern United States, this shrub/tree is a native of the Chihuahuan desert. The Texas mountain laurel (Calia secundiflora, formerly Sophora secundiflora) ranges from Texas through the American Southwest and down into Mexico. Slow growing, it can reach up to 30 feet (15 m.) in height with a spread of 15 feet (4.5 m.), but it often stays much smaller than that. It produces vivid blue/purple flowers shaped like wisteria blossoms with an intense fragrance that has been compared, not unkindly, to grape flavored Kool-Aid.

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Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus: Treating Yellow Dwarf Virus Of Barley Plants

Barley yellow dwarf virus is a destructive viral disease that affects grain plants around the world. In the United States, yellow dwarf virus affects primarily wheat, barley, rice, corn and oats, often reducing yield by up to 25 percent. Unfortunately, the options for treating barley yellow dwarf are limited, but it’s possible to slow the spread, thus minimizing the damage. Read on to learn about barley yellow dwarf control. Signs of Yellow Dwarf Virus of Barley Crops Symptoms of barley yellow dwarf virus vary depending on the crop, but the primary signs of disease are stunted growth and discoloration. Older leaves of wheat plants may turn yellow or red, while corn turns purple, red or yellow. Diseased rice plants turn orange or yellow, and barley with yellow dwarf becomes a distinctive shade of bright, golden yellow. Yellow dwarf virus of barley can also cause water-soaked areas on the leaves. The disease

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