Well I am probably the most inconsistent blogger of any bloggy types! Oh well…
This week on our little homestead it is the middle of October and it is predicted that our first frost will be this weekend.
Most of the beds are lying dormant (tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, summer squash, onions, garlic are all pulled)…This week I pulled the corn and used it to save seed…now this normally won’t work well, because of the huge chance of cross-pollination in corn due to it being wind pollinated and having a large distance over which to be pollinated, BUT we purchased stowells evergreen sweet corn (so the kernels are whiter than normal corn, which makes spotting a hybrid (which is most likely yellow like most field corn) very easy. So as long as the seed was still white we are going to try planting it again next year.
The things still growing in the garden are broccoli (for seed), cabbage (which we are very sick of at this point…so this will probably make its way to some happy hens), lettuce, beans (waiting to dry on the plant), peanuts (which we are waiting to yellow a bit more), and peas.
Next post I plan to make about broccoli seed saving (which is SUPER easy!) but the main thing I want to talk about in this post is planting garlic for beginners.
If you have no idea how to plant garlic I have a how to video for you! But if you rather just read it is pretty simple. We grow a hard necked garlic.
- Start by taking your garlic bulb, and breaking off the individual cloves.
- Find your spot in the garden, that will get a good amount of sun.
- Lay out your pattern, we tend to do a diamond pattern just so you can grow more in a smaller space. ♦♦♦♦♦Spacing should be about “the size of a bulb of garlic.” Closer than that, and they will grow into each other…further than that you are wasting precious garden space 😉
- If you are doing a back to eden garden, pull back your wood chips
- Dig your hole with a trowel or use a bulb planter to dig it (1 inch is all the farther you have to go down…planting the top of the clove just below the soil surface), mine ends up being a little deeper once you put the wood chips back on, but that hasn’t been a problem
- Put your garlic, “root side” down, into the hole
- Cover it back with dirt
- If you are doing a back to eden garden, cover it back over with wood chips, the garlic will grow right through the wood chips no problem!
That is literally all it takes. We plant the garlic usually mid/late september (we are a zone 5 climate), but I missed that mark this year so I planted yesterday (Oct 13th) I don’t think it will be too big of a problem, I just won’t get the nice start to my plants that I am use to, which may effect the size.
Well thanks for hanging out this week! I will try to become more consistent in my blog release day, but if it bothers you and you just want to know when one is coming…go ahead and subscribe! This way it will automatically email you when a new post becomes available! Have a great week!