I went back on the blog and it was November 7 when I posted about getting the garlic planted so it probably happened that day or a few days earlier. This is last year’s picture.
What’s funny is last year we planted it and then we were supposed to have a big rain so we covered it with tarps. We planted today and we’re supposed to have thunderstorms tomorrow. We’ve talked about covering it but I think we’re not going to do it.
It rarely rains here and when it does, it can be anywhere from a minuscule amount to 5 or 6 inches in a few hours. One year I had planted lettuce, carrots, kale, broccoli – all those tiny seeds and I had planted a lot. It came a huge rain and that’s when I realized my garden had a slight incline and water came rushing down and washed away all those seeds I had just planted, along with a lot of my dirt and compost we had added.
In early May, we harvested a bit over 200 pounds of garlic and I figured we’d have garlic going to waste but we’re going to run out before the new garlic is ready. I smoked probably 5 pounds of the garlic, then freeze dried it and ran it through the blender for smoky garlic powder; freeze dried probably another 15 pounds for regular garlic powder, no telling how many pounds of garlic we made into black garlic. We eat a lot of garlic in our food and we just planted between 500 and 600 cloves. I figure there are 10 to 15 cloves per bulb so I’ll make the math easy and say 10 so that’s 50 to 60 bulbs we just used for planting.
Glad to have that done. We’re waiting on a propane delivery and once that happens, we’ll probably run to town and get onions and try to get them planted before the rain. One thing for sure – tomorrow my thighs will be sore from all this stooping and bending!