Garlic is Planted

The week of wet rain has made us realize that the house-painting season is at an end. So we’re calling it a year with 4 of our 8 sides painted. Thankfully all 3 of the sides that face the road are done. We are the only ones who will have to stare at our unfinished project this winter.

That meant today I had time to work on garden clean up. Thankfully, we haven’t had a killing frost yet. A few weeks ago when I dug my potatoes, I cleaned up the second row of the garden and seeding winter rye. The winter rye has sprouted, and the fresh dirt behind is where I planted garlic today.

The row that grew onions was seeded with fall crops when I harvested onions in August and now has the cold frame. We’ve yet to get the windows on, but the lettuce, kale, mizuna, spinach, claytonia, mache & tatsoi are doing well.

I pulled two rows where squashes had died back and weeded both rows. One row is where garlic was planned to go. I wondered if it was too early, but then consulted by records and found I was right on with last year‘s schedule.

So here’s the seed garlic from the 4 largest heads of music and 6 largest heads of red russian. I planted 24 cloves of music and 42 heads of red russian. The rest of the rows was seeded with winter rye.

Planting garlic always feels like the beginning of the next garden to me. It’s at this point that I make a new spreadsheet to track where things will be planted and how I’ve amended the beds. So the 2013 gardens begun. The 2012 garden is drawing to a close. Four garden rows down, only 7 more to clean up.

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3 Responses to Garlic is Planted

  1. Daphne says:

    I’ll probably plant garlic in a couple of weeks. I need to lift the carrots first. Or at least enough carrots to make room for the garlic and I want to give the carrots a bit more time.

  2. Marcia says:

    I’ve got that same kind of garlic to plant later this month. My garden clean up is almost done. I still have to pull the basil, one tomato plant and the cucumbers. Mesclun, spinach and bok choy are up and doing fine.

  3. Kathy says:

    I am so envious that you have your garlic planted! I seem to be busy with other things busy at this time of year. And the weather has been so rainy. Now its getting late. I am putting my garlic in my potato bed again.The bed is dug and I’ve spread some nice compost. I’ll get the garlic in soon I hope.

    Your gardens look great!

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