With more than 15 years of experience in growing garlic here in the River Region, Central Alabama Master Gardeners’ Association member R.C.Arceneaux, Deatsville, will be the presenter at the October "Lunch & Learn" on Wednesday, October 9. The L&L will be held at the Alabama Cooperative Extension Services facility on Queen Ann Road just off Route 14 on the west side of Wetumpka. The program will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m.
Arceneaux will cover fall planting, harvesting in late May or early June, planting the cloves (depth and spacing) and signs the garlic is ready to harvest. Details on how to dry the garlic, which varieties do best here and where to find quality bulbs for planting will also be included. Probably unknown to most of us is that there are more than 600 varieties of garlic and the taste and size of the same variety grown here in the River Region can have a different taste and size when grown in West Texas or California.
L&L is a free program offered by CAMGA. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Lunch and Learn about gardening during their lunch hour. Beverages are provided at no charge.
Since the first L&L in Wetumpka in January, the events have featured pruning techniques, starting plants from seed, soil testing and making your own potting soil, raised bed gardening and home veggie gardens as well as houseplants and growing and using herbs, all about hydrangeas, heirloom gardens and more. The L&L series, attracting 30-50 attendees each month, will continue on the second Wednesday of each month. Additional subjects for the year include sessions on recycling yard and kitchen waste, using natural materials from the landscape with which to decorate for the holidays, etc.
For more information, call 334-567-6301 or visit the Extension office in Wetumpka.