Garden Journal

Garlic time: Now through October is the best time to plant garlic for earlier, bigger bulbs next summer. Each clove will produce one plant with a single bulb, which may in turn contain up to 20 cloves. Plant cloves individually, upright and about an inch under the surface and 4 inches apart in a sunny, well-drained location.

Root down: Now is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball but the same depth. Water thoroughly and keep moist until the soil freezes.

Cover up: Plant oats in open areas of your vegetable garden to reduce soil erosion and add organic matter to the soil. Oats are inexpensive, grow quickly are completely winterkilled, providing a great mulch over the winter.

U-pick local apples: (All numbers are in the 828 area code.)

Edneyville: Wilkie’s Orchard, 685-8438

Flat Rock: Sky Top Orchard, 692-7930

Hendersonville: Billy Laughter Orchards, 685-3241; Creasman Farms, 685-7728; Granddad’s Apples, 685-1685; Henry Barnwell Farms, 685-7371

Leicester: Long Branch Environmental Education Center, 683-3662

Weaverville: Dogwood Hills Farm, 645-6286

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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