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Better Late than Never

November 24, 2014

Music to my ears

I always count the garlic planting as my first crop of the new year.

It’s official, the 2014 garden is done.  Well, except dig my dahlias…but that won’t take too long, says she of List. Too. Big. fame.  Bigger things were weighing on our minds than dahlias.  Namely getting the cover off the greenhouses before anymore ice came our way, and getting the garlic in.

The greenhouse covers came off without a hitch last week, so that just left the garlic.  But it’s been nothing but rain, rain, rain since the thaw.  I was threatening to mud the garlic in, mulch and walk away ’til spring.  But today it dawned dry, with the promise of a dry window large enough to get the garlic popped, soil amended, cloves planted, and mulched.

Field boss and children

Field boss and children

Garlic supervisor, year 13

Garlic supervisor, year 13

So as the animals looked on in amusement I worked my way through the seed garlic.

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Some animals tried to “help”… .  Nothing like a curious pup who has never seen garlic planted before.

This year I decided to only plant Music instead of messing around with the other additional varieties I grew in years past.  This cook likes big cloves.  I know I am probably missing out on some stupendous flavor burst without having a more diverse planting, but I tend to just leave the small cloves in favor of the larger, easier to peel cloves.  It also simplifies the seed selection as most heads have about 6 to 8 large cloves and they are all good for planting.

Now at least one big project is done and I can start a new page in the garden book – 2015 here we come.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2014 3:27 pm

    Your gardening is just amazing.

  2. Cheri permalink
    November 24, 2014 3:46 pm

    You were gone for a long time!! Missed your posts! Glad you’re back. Cheri in Canada

  3. Lisa G. permalink
    November 24, 2014 3:48 pm

    It looks wonderful.

  4. November 24, 2014 5:00 pm

    A job well done! You are such a workhorse, I usually feel that I am way behind you. But this time I feel a bit better;-). I got about 280 cloves of garlic planted a few weeks ago, and am more than halfway through digging out more than a hundred clumps of dahlias. Some got a bit frozen in the recent cold spell, but it looks like most will be okay. How do you store yours?

    • November 24, 2014 5:07 pm

      Wyndson, I’ll be curious to see how mine fared, we got a skiff of ice over the soil, so we didn’t freeze too deep, greens and stuff are kind of toast except kales, but the root crops look good. I’m hoping the dahlia tubers do as well. The tubers keep the best for me in plastic burlap sacks, the old kind not the new fused ones. It keeps them just moist enough that they don’t shrivel and if they get too moist I can spritz them and tie the bag shut. They breath a little bit, and I don’t have to mess with vermiculite or sawdust, lots cleaner that way. I don’t divide until spring so they do take up some space.

      • November 24, 2014 11:22 pm

        I store mine in the paper feed bags, that we get our chicken feed in. I usually roll the tops closed, and then put them in the unheated garage. It seems to work well for me, very little trouble with them drying out too much.

        • November 24, 2014 11:24 pm

          The last couple of years I’ve been dividing in the Fall, but they still take up a lot of space:)

        • November 25, 2014 5:30 am

          I don’t have near as many as you – phew. Yet…I used to have way too many. I’m trying to curtail my dahlia habit 😉

        • November 25, 2014 5:29 am

          Good tip – when my plastic bags give up the ghost I can switch then 🙂

  5. November 24, 2014 6:15 pm

    I love the big cloves too, that satisfying smash when you wack them.. c

  6. November 24, 2014 11:28 pm

    I’m glad I got our cloves in too. I got in before more cold weather and snow. I have planted mine in the snow before now, but this year I think it would have needed a crow bar to make a hole and then mulch, if I could prise some hay away from the old bales.

    I was missing your posts too

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