On experts

Among my correspondence today was a note asking how deeply to mulch garlic cloves. Some advised two inches, she wrote. Others, six inches.

The right answer is, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. Just plant the garlic.

Years ago, while quoting an old friend — James Underwood Crockett — about vegetable gardening, he said it doesn’t matter which end of the seed points “up.” Just plant it. And he was right, of course.

I get these questions all the time. One expert says to plant the seed 1/4″ deep. Another advises 1/2″.  The truth is (1) the only seed which doesn’t grow is that which hasn’t been planted, and (2) An expert is nothing but a damn fool a long ways from home.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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