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Garlic and critters

November 11, 2011

Well, with the wonderful fall we have had, I spent a lot of time outdoors and not in my studio.

We prepared a section of the front field for our first crop of garlic. This should be interesting as it is all new to us! After plowing, harrowing, and roto-tilling, my hubby used his tractor to mark out 7 rows with 2 foot wide paths between. When everything was ready and the garlic bulbs were dried at the local garlic farm, we went and picked up our 1000 bulbs.

It doesn’t look like a lot, does it?

I had to break each bulb into cloves and count them. We have 5 varieties this year.

Next, we needed holes to put each clove in. Trevor had seen something on another farm that might work so he bought the supplies and went out to his shop and ended up with this…

It’s called a ‘dibbler’. It is rolled down each row and the dowels punch holes at regular intervals. It worked great!

Then we had to place a clove into each hole. The picture shows Trevor doing this but he only did the first row. I did a lot and we got some wonderful friends to come and help, too.

After all the cloves were planted, our mushroom compost finally arrived in a dumptruck. We were hoping to mix it into the soil but ended up putting it on top of the rows (using wheelbarrows and shovels!) as a top dressing. We hope it works.

Here’s what the piece looks like now…

We are waiting now to pick up some large, round bales of straw and these will be rolled out on top and we wait until spring.

A few miscellaneous pictures…

This is a Fall arrangement that has taken about 3 years to complete! You can see a bit of one of my quilts behind it on the wall.

Here is a picture of my bunny…

She was trying to blend in with the stuffies! Cute, eh? I gave her away last week to a home with another identical bunny and 5 children so she should be having fun…

A few days ago, we bought this little guy…

He keeps me busy bottle feeding him 3 times a day.

Anyway, I am starting to think ‘Christmas quilts’ so hope that I will have something to show you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joan Massey permalink
    November 14, 2011 5:49 pm

    Your garlic farm looks great! I love that gizmo Trevor made, the Dibbler. What a great contraption! That calf is adorable! Is it dinner or dairy? Have fun on your farm!

  2. November 14, 2011 9:46 pm

    I like Major for the calf’s name. Did you pick one yet?

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