A visit with the garlic guru yields advice for homegrown bulbs

WASHINGTON — One of the most satisfyingly tactile jobs in the autumn garden is the planting of garlic cloves. You take plump bulbs, which are both firm and silky to the touch, peel off the outer dried tunic and separate the cloves. You might extract from five to a dozen before the central stalk falls away like a discarded pencil.

If your garlic bed is fluffy enough, you can just poke your finger into the soil and plant the clove so its pointy nose is about level with the soil line. By December, you should see grasslike wisps from these points, letting you know that your seed garlic is growing roots and is firmly anchored and entirely safe from the coming freezes. …read more

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The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.

SATURDAY

Bonsai

With Galveston County Master Gardener Clyde Holt. 9-11 a.m. at Galveston County AgriLife Extension, 4102-B Main, La Marque; register at 281-309-5065 or aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html. $25 fee to cover materials. …read more

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Farmers find a way to turn a profit off milkweed, for the sake of the monarchs

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance on North American farmlands but now, more than 100 farmers in Quebec and Vermont are planting it in their fields to help restore the declining population of monarchs, which use that plant exclusively for their eggs and to feed the caterpillars. The farmers are also tapping a new market for the milkweed fibers. After the caterpillars have their fill of the milky sap and find their wings in the fall, the plant’s pods will be harvested for fine winter clothing and other commercial uses. …read more

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TUESDAYS-

SUNDAYS

The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org
. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.

SATURDAY

Planting for Pollinators

9-10 a.m. at Brookwood Community Center Café, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire; register at katyprairie.org/kpcevents
. Free. …read more

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Houston-area garden events

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
t: Patty Allen, 281-441-8646
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Cactus and Succulent Class: with Jim Maas and Pat Cordray. 10 a.m. at Maas Nursery, 5511 Todville Road, Seabrook; 281-474-2488, maasnursery.com. $40.
Butterfly Gardening: 10 a.m. at Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th; 713-861-5702, register at buchanansplants.com. Free.
Insiders’ Tour at Peckerwood Garden: 10 a.m. at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. …read more

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