(Photo: Barn still under construction - the red roof starting going on yesterday)
(Photo: the garlic field almost ready to begin harvesting the bulbs)
(Photo: our younger son getting the keys to the tractor - woohoo! - to help with pulling out the old landscaping so we can continue to actually see our house while building that burn pile!)
(Photo; The first garlic bulbs out of the ground, drying on pallets in the garage, complete with name tags - remember we have 40 different varieties planted. We are also trying to figure out how to start hanging the garlic here since we had thought the barn would be built before the garlic needed to be dug up - oops!)
(Photo: Michigan's beautiful Mackinac Bridge looking from the Upper Peninsula - i.e., the UP - toward the lower part of our state. We did a quick dash over to Wisconsin last weekend for a family wedding, going through Chicago on the way there and the UP on the way home, which is longer but our preferred route, just so we can see our bridge, swim in the top of Lake Michigan, and eat the vegetarian pasties sold by Suzy's Pasties, just west of St. Ignace.)
Now on to the big crunch of harvesting all 6000+ of our garlic bulbs and finishing all the plans (including home-made beer bottling and table favors of home-made honey) for our younger son's August wedding!
Cultivate your life - you are what you grow, inch by inch and row by row!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD
I don't think I would be able to keep track of 40 varieties of anything. :) Garlic matured early this year. Maybe thanks to all the rain and then the heat.
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