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Garlic day 2014

Planting garlic

I stressed myself out last week by playing hooky from the garden for three days while a writing project consumed my attention.  When I came up for air, I realized that it was time to plant twelve beds of garlic and two beds of potato onions before the end of the week --- yikes!

Whenever I get overwhelmed by homesteading tasks, Mark reminds me that, together, he and I can do anything.  Add in Kayla, and we managed to get all of the winter alliums into the ground in about 9 man-hours.  Time to quit early and enjoy the fall weather!

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I've avoided posting anything specific about garlic here because I've pretty much said it all before.  Type "garlic" into the search box on the sidebar and you'll learn far more than you ever wanted to know.

The only thing we're doing differently this year is to cut back to only growing Music garlic.  It seems a bit dicey to put all of our eggs in one basket, but over the last eight years, this variety has consistently done better than all the others, and the huge cloves make cooking a breeze.  Maybe next year we'll try a few other hardneck varieties...but maybe we'll say if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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