what happens when your garden gets more light, a crackpot theory and a few questions
Well, now I can answer the question I asked about what happens when a garden suddenly gets much more sunlight than usual! Within two days, almost all of my salad greens bolted, and my strawberry plants were suddenly covered with an unprecedented number of blossoms, each about an inch wide, which is larger than normal. My grass grew several inches in those two days. Even things I thought were growing normally, like lemon balm, daylilies and the leaves of daffodils, are suddenly enormous. My raspberry plants are now covered with flowers, and (not sure if this is because of the sun) I have raspberry plants coming up all over the place, some several feet from where the rest of the plants are. A previously tiny, feeble Virginia creeper suddenly grew a few feet up the back of the building. And the stupid creeping charlie decided that it wasn't content with creeping and changed its name to the Exploding Purple Doom. Except that I no longer have delicious mizuna and tatsoi and need to pull Exploding Purple Doom out of everything every couple of days, this is generally good news. But some things are now too big for the spaces they're in. Now for the crackpot theory, for which you should feel free to laugh at me. Last year, I didn't manage to harvest all of the garlic I'd planted, resulting in about thirty new garlic plants this spring. I dug them up to separate them yesterday, and they didn't all fit in the empty spaces in my garden. My tomatoes aren't planted out yet, so I temporarily transplanted a bunch garlic seedlings into the tomato bed until I can pawn 'em off on someone. Then I started thinking - my tomatoes had a touch of blight at the end of last summer. And garlic can be used medicinally as an antifungal. SO my crackpot theory is that planting garlic in that soil and leaving some of it to grow among the tomatoes might prevent blight. Am I nuts? Also, a few questions related to the exploding garden situation: How and when do you separate daylilies? Does clematis grow from cuttings? Do you think I could shade my lettuces by trellising runner beans over them? Do those grow quickly enough that that would be practical?