|Basil (top left), Swiss chard (center), and beets (bottom).|
It's been very hot here lately (80s and 90s during the day) so I've added a thick layer of straw mulch to the beds. I think it's helped to keep the soil cool and retain moisture that otherwise would evaporate. Straw mulch is the best mulch because it's very effective and very affordable.
My garlic also just arrived in the mail! Nice big bulbs of Inchellium Red, a softneck variety that I've grown with good results for the past 2 years.
|Inchellium Red garlic bulbs, before being broken into individual cloves for planting.|
I ordered from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, a great outfit from Mineral, VA. They grow and sell things well-suited to the Mid-Atlantic. Hope to plant the individual cloves in October.