Well, you can’t stop the rain, bring on more sunshine, or turn down the heat on a scorching afternoon – and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve irrigated only to have some unforecasted system bring more water to an already wet field.… Read more
Call in the Garlic Whisperer!
If you grow garlic for any time at all, eventually you will have “issues.” At some point along the way, you might notice that some aren’t doing quite as well as the others.… Read more
…because it’s gonna be rainin’ outdoors….
and now it’s gone, but I ain’t worried, cuz I’m settin’ on top of the world….
(Thank you Robert Johnson and the many others who have done versions of these songs.)
Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve played harmonica for the ol’ garlic patch (or at least shared it).… Read more
I am getting lots of questions about where we’re at with the garlic – when we’ll have bulbs for sale – and how about the bulbils?
Here’s my final, not-so-final, wishy-washy answer to predicting the future: I’m not quite sure.
Most years, I’d have the crop in by now.… Read more
How is your garlic growing?
About once or twice a month, I am taking a photographic survey of plants in the garden and around the back acre.… Read more
I love foraging. I love the idea that there is all that food out there just free for the gathering. This is a perfect time of year for foraging, because a little bit later, many plants turn tough and bitter.… Read more
My garden is boring. I came to this realization one stormy day a year ago in February, a time when most plants were brown and shriveled, and only the weeds stood tall and green. I wrote about it in a blogpost about Self-Imposed Limitations, Sustainability, and Creatively Breaking Rules.… Read more
Great news! Garlic is up all over the garden and it is looking strong! Of course, we would expect a good showing on the Chinese Pink, a Turban variety, known for maturing early. This is our first year for growing this particular variety, and we are looking forward to it being ready early in the season, right about the time when we are ready to trade our first-born children for fresh garlic.… Read more
Helllooo February! What a stretch of great weather we’ve had! If the groundhog saw his shadow, it was only because he wasn’t facing the sun!… Read more
I had one of those “what can I possibly make for dinner” moments the other night, which usually results in a last-minute scramble of some sort. There was a head of cauliflower that needed to be eaten, some bone broth, and a couple of chicken breasts in the freezer – a good start, but boring.… Read more