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Garlic planting.

This past weekend, the folks who own the land where I’ve been keeping a garden and me planted our garlic.

It’s a bit earlier then I usually plant, since I had been planning on going away for the 2nd half of October – but that’s not happening now – so we went ahead anyways

The moon was in Taurus, which is good for root crops
And the plan was in place that we could simply relax into

So – garlic planting.

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It was a beautiful day.

I love walking into the barn when the sun streams in…

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Gotta turn off the electric fence…

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And get the sorted garlic

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Peg insisted on playing fetch throughout the day, which was a pleasure

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Unfortunately & interestingly, I found that a number of the larger heads of garlic had some kind of sadness going on…

These were NOT used for seed garlic

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Proof & Reason #634 that “bigger is not always better”

And it’s just one more experiment and something to notice with this land & soil… I made it a point to not space the garlic so far apart this time

Intentionally growing for smaller heads of garlic, and see what that yields next season…

Smaller heads keep better, anyhow

It’s exciting already…
Something to look forward to in July…

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So instead of two rows per bed, I put in three.

Cracked the garlic

And dusted in some Fertrell

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Which both feeds the garlic & amends the soil with some slow releasing rock dusts

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In goes the garlic cloves

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Four varieties of Rocambole, which came out to about 150 cloves

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All in bed

Ready to zip up the rows

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And add a thick blanket of mulch

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Slow going, it was loose spoiled hay which was in the barn
So back and forth

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The pile of hay in the barn

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With the elegant and formidable spider web near by

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A friend came by
Helping with the rest of the mulching

Back & forth…

Each time the sheep would come over
I would tell them that they didn’t want this hay, as it had spoiled

Or maybe they wanted carrot tops…?

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“Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid”

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(Little by little the bird builds its nest)

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It was sunny & cool, but all the back and forth warmed the body, allowing for peeling to happen

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The bumblebees were out on the marigold
I harvested some of the seed heads for next year

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And one of the Batchelor’s Button flowers came out pink!

Not sure if it will make it too seed stage before a hard frost comes, but I’ll keep a watch on it

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I have no idea why, but often when I go to pee, the sheep will follow me & watch

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So curious.

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And so the continuation, unbroken line of seed saving & planting through time

And thus begins the next growing season

Blessings on all things


The best day, ever.

Every now & again
There is the best day, ever.

I volunteer as a Land Steward for the local Land Trust
And this best day ever began on a walk with the owner of one of the properties I help monitor

Just into the walk, some amazing life was discovered

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Please say hello to Chlorociboria aeruginascens
(Aka The Green Elfcup)
I had never seen this beauty before.

After walking the boundary of their property, I headed over to the garden

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And the bucket was full quickly with various generosities from the plant world which I was now ushering to the compost pile in preparation of the beds for the coming Winter

Thank you Tomatoes!
Thank you Tomatillos!
Thank you Coreopsis & Calendula & Basil!
Thank you Serranos!
Thank you Sunflowers!

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There was a bit of an overflow, due to the gorgeous day

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It was wise to take advantage of the perfect weather & the owners’ willingness to till one of the beds for the Fall planting of garlic.

So out came the rest of the beets, and carrots
And, with a bit of sadness, two marigold plants

*sniff*

As I dug carrots, the sheep began to gather nearby

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I love eating local carrots, especially ones that I’ve grown
But offering the carrot tops to the
sheep is honestly the best part

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O I love dem sheepies

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She’s my favorite
So friendly
Look at that face!

A bit of weeding & raking,
and in about two weeks, I’ll put the garlic to bed again, till next July

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Before leaving, I gathered up the cured Winter squash from the greenhouse
(I think I left it in there a bit too long…
O well)
Brought home some garlic for cooking, and a few Fennel fronds that were drying & peppers gifted by the owners from the hoop house

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It felt so good to be outside for the entire day

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The abundance of this time of year always takes me by surprise.
Such abundance
So much gratitude

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Tending a garden – Late Summer 2014

I really enjoy tending and keeping a vegetable garden.

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I’m fortunate to be given a few beds at the place where I farmed back in 2009.
The owners put in a cover crop of buckwheat
which is covered in blossoms ( & therefore honeybees) in the above photo
The hum of the bees & the now constant cricket song are a soothing sound to work by

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It’s a lovely place
And while it’s often difficult for me to motivate myself to drive there
(“Jeez I’m using gas again, using the car again, I just got home from work, what if it’s too hot, etcetcetc…)
I never regret going, once I’m there
(Why do I forget this?!?)
It’s tricky for me to find a balance between effort and doing, and impact & nourishment…

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Yesterday it was sunny & warm, but not too hot, thankfully
And so I set about weeding the many weeds which are growing quite well with all the rain we’ve had this season
But it’s good soil, and some of the intended, cultivated flowers & vegetables have also thrived

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Coreopsis for dye & cut flowers

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Strawflower for offerings

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And one of the Blue Hubbards has sized up nicely (and has not been munched out by slugs)

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Beets & carrots, two varieties each, are doing well
Had a taste test of the carrots with some friends last night
That was fun

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Sunflowers for the spirit, bee food, seed, and dye

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I love harvesting carrots, because the tops I give to the sheep
O I love the sheep
They are so sweet

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It makes sense to me, keeping sheep…
The eat the weeds, they provide poop for a robust compost pile, and wool, and even meat or milk if one wanted.
I enjoy their company, their gentleness.

One day, still, I hope to have my own garden nearby where I live
Just outside, a short walk away.
Till then, I’ll continue to drive to the garden
Tending it is good medicine
And feeds me in many ways, and other beings too.
May I never learn how to garden for one.

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Good morning from Snyder Hill.

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Good morning from Snyder Hill.

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