Ask an Expert: Garlic is a year-round staple in our kitchen. Can we plant it in Charleston?
“Yes you can, and now is the time to do it! Garlic is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring or early summer, depending on the variety. There are two main types: hardneck and softneck. The former tends to be stronger in flavor and sends up a tasty seed scape in the spring. It also looks beautiful when used ornamentally in the garden. Meanwhile, softneck is milder and generally yields more cloves. It also keeps longer—in fact, it has foliage that can be decoratively braided to hang for storage. Both need full sun with well- draining soil that’s pH 6.2-6.5. Bon appétit!” —Joan McDonald, garden editor
Dig It - What’s happening this month?
The Fall Tours
This Preservation Society of Charleston fundraiser includes walking tours through historical downtown homes and their gorgeous gardens. You’re sure to find inspiration galore. Locations & times vary. $50-$45 tours; special event prices vary. www.thefalltours.org
CHS Lecture Series: Foodscape Revolution!
A horticulturist, television correspondent, and author of new tome The Foodscape Revolution, Brie Arthur discusses the sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility. Get your copy of the book signed after her lecture. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday, 6:30 p.m. $10; free for member. www.chashortsoc.org
Gardens for Gardeners Tour: Sullivan’s Island
The Charleston Horticultural Society’s annual fall tour guides guests through seven private gardens on Sullivan’s Island, with many of the green spaces hosting plein-air artists as they create new works. Locations vary. Sunday, noon-4 p.m. $40; $35 member. www.chashortsoc.org
Native Plant Sale
Be sure to arrive right on time for the Lowcountry Chapter of the South Carolina Native Plant Society’s fall sale, as favorite perennials, trees, shrubs, grasses, edibles, and more go fast. Check online for more Native Plant Week events happening around town from October 16 to 20. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. www.scnps.org
Photograph courtesy of the South Carolina Native Plant Society