Saturday, November 8, 2014

not a moment too soon

I finally got my two beds of garlic planted, just in time before winter truly arrives. I'm hoping about 100 cloves are in the ground, but planting with these babes of mine, I never quite know! They are like little guerrilla gardeners throwing seed bombs in random fashion as quickly as possible before I (the gardening police) can stop them.


My big girl - the last of summer on her face and the fall dirt on her hands.

Our duck friends came for a visit while we worked! Always happy to see them (feral as they now are) enjoying the pond.

I might try for just one more bed of 50 tomorrow. For the past few years, I've planted only seed from my own saved supply, selecting more for large bulbs than any particular variety. This year, I really started to see this pay off, as most of the bulbs turned out to be a good size of nice uniformity, and they are keeping very well so far. It's so rewarding to see this progress through the years, grounding me more and more in this place and way of life.

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  1. Your photos are precious as always. :) I'm experiencing the same thing with my garlic. Seemed to take a few years to finally feel like I was getting a good harvest.

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  2. Good to see another family really living with children. It makes them different when you continue your life with them around. Mine are slightly bigger than yours, but they still know the joy of a warm egg in the hand and the desperate sadness as the dog licks up the ones they dropped!

    I love your blog!

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement - I really appreciate your comments!
      -Jaime

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  3. Such good photos as always!
    I'm starting saving with my garlic this year as well, I used to at our old place but when we moved it wasn't a priority so I'm having to start again. the pickings from this years harvest were good though so hopefully next years will be as well. I also put in some elephant garlic as well for the first time so I'll have to see how that does here.

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  4. How your daughter has grown! Still precious as ever. I plant with half of my garlic, and half of a local grower's seed garlic. Mine has been just so-so, so I always hedge my bets.

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  5. Our garlic was pretty skimpy in bulb size last year. We picked up some very large cloves at the farmer's market this year to try to start over. We've love to get to a point where we save our own from year to year, but I can only imagine how tiny they'd have been if we'd just planted our homegrown! Maybe next year we can get back into that wonderful circle of planting and harvesting and planting.

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  6. You have such an adorable helper! At least you're getting them into the garden and the dirt. What better way to grow up than that. I'm with you on it taking a few years to see the payoff from replanting your own garlic. I had the best harvest this past year and replanted all the best ones. I too plant about 100 cloves but never get that kind of return.

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  7. Hey Jaime, thanks for thinking of me! Everything here is good, I just got a little overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the blogs I was following so I quit! LOL!! I do pop up on Facebook occasionally and have joined a lovely Facebook group called Farmgirl Chit-Chat. I enjoyed looking through some of your recent posts and want to say congrats on the newest addition to the family! :)

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    1. Totally get that, Candy! Thanks - happy to know you are well and still kickin' ;-) Happy New Year!

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  8. I stumbled across from blog from a link by someone in our HBN group and I think you'd be a great fit for HBN (Homestead Bloggers Network). It's a support group for bloggers who write about self-sufficiency and such. http://homesteadbloggersnetwork.com We'd love to have you join us! :-)

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