Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Garlic is coming up, reaching for the sky!

I changed the photo on the heading of my blog tonight, showing you how well the garlic is doing. Everything we hand-planted last fall (> 6,000 garlic cloves) is coming up through the straw mulch and reaching for the sky. Only the cloves of elephant garlic are still sleeping, which always come up later.

Later we'll be laying down trickle irrigation hoses, which we are hoping we can do right over the mulch this year. We're trying to keep those weeds (and necessary weeding) down to a minimum!

Moving into the house will be starting soon. We think that today is the very last day that contractors will be at the house, finishing up "little things". With all of their stuff finally gone (spread out from wall to wall), we can finally get started doing our painting.

My goal is for a slow move, a room at a time, really sorting through our stuff in a thoughtful manner, rather than just throwing it all on a truck to move across town, unload, and sit in the garage or basement for a while (?years?) until we either decide we need it (where is xxxxxxx?) or finally pitch it. One can hope!

Fresh paint is great! No more wallpaper for us - ever - we have spent way too much time getting this old stuff off. Then it is on to cleaning up and painting the front door (finally). No more purple. :-)

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD


Kateri said...

Your garlic is beautiful! Good luck with the move! I envy you the "slow move". We still have a ton of stuff (well, my husband's, mostly) packed away that we have to go through.

Cynthia said...

Can't wait to pickle some of your garlic! When will it be ready?

Diana Dyer said...

Should be harvested sometime in July. I have never pickled garlic. Do you use fresh or dried cloves?