One of the tricky bits of being a maniacal gardener is the tendency to over-do it. I love gardening and so I tend not to notice when I am overdoing until...oooh about mid September each year when a small part of me starts hoping for frost. This year was no different than any other year and so, with a big sigh of relief and much pleasure, I am happy to say that the garlic is planted and all my garden have-to chores are done for now. Hurrah, indeed.
(making beds)This gorgeous garlic was grown by friends and, knowing how delicious it is, it was somehow difficult to be plunking these huge cloves into the ground instead of eating them.
(clove spaced 6 inches apart in rows that are 8 inches apart)
W was visiting these same friends while they were planting their garlic and came home with a helpful way of planting. He made me up these PVC guidelines from some spare pipe. They came in very handy.
We planted the remainder of the garlic on Sunday, gave it a sprinkle of soybean meal and now we just need to mulch it before it gets too cold. Feels good to have it done.
And, it even looks beautiful. Well, to me anyway. You can see on the other side of the garden the plots where the fall rye has yet to sprout. And you can also see some of the potato bins which have been pressed into use as compost bins. Compost bins which would very much like some more manure added to them, I might add. Now...to make time to go and get manure and turn the composts. What? I didn't say the garden want-to chores were done, just the have-to chores...