Monday, October 6, 2014

How to Plant Garlic

Our two weeks in Destin ended way too soon, as always.....

Two weeks is really a long time to adjust to a new routine and then come back and readjust to the old one.

But gradually (reluctantly), we've been getting back on track with cloth diapers, animal chores and food from scratch.

My first real "homestead" task this week was to plant the garlic I ordered from the Seed Savers Exchange.

I ordered German Extra Hardy and Persian Star - two hardy varieties. I thought these selections were best considering my track record with gardening. And the fact that I've never planted garlic before.

So here's how you go about it.....

First, prepare the soil.

You begin raking back the hay, and find this little guy:

a little brown skink

You set him free in another part of the garden and then get back to work.

You realize that even with the hay mulch, the soil is has gotten considerably packed over the summer.

Go find the cultivator and set about digging two rows, one foot apart. You soon find that your wrists are far too sore from rangling redfish in the gulf to continue, so you go grab your husband to finish up.


This is one of about 17 reasons my wrists are shot:

This guy was my fish of the week: a 9-pounder!

The redfish had started their annual run, and we were hooking into them left and right. Even at 4-6 pounds those fish were FIGHTERS! It was a blast. I have no regrets. [sigh...........])

[gets back into character]

With the soil prepared you now send your tired, fussy, teething 10-month-old on a car ride with his daddy so you can focus on planting.

You go to grab the camera so you can document the experience on your blog, but realize the good camera is with said husband. So you decide to make do with the camera with the busted screen.

Separate your garlic bulbs into cloves, choosing the fattest to plant.

Stick them in the soil with the root side pointed down (be sure to leave the skin on), 6 to 8 inches apart.

You remember that garlic is a heavy feeder, and go harvest some bunny berries from the rabbitry to scatter over the bulbs. (This, of course, is optional. But if you have the resource then go for it!)

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Then you cover the bulbs with 2 inches of soil,

...and a 6 inch layer of mulch. (I used old hay, but you can use straw or grass clippings mixed with dry leaves.)

The hay will settle considerably with the fall rains

Mark the rows crudely with two sticks from the yard, and then walk away and let nature do its thing.

Now all you have to do is wait and see if your green thumb ineptitude applies to garlic as well.

Okay, I'm done with third person.

I'm certainly not implying that YOU are inept when it come to gardening. Only YOURS TRULY.

If you'd like a good tutorial without all the scattered, third person craziness, here is a good link from the Seed Savers Exchange, complete with awesome pictures.

So what did you do on your homestead this week?

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