50º at 1 p.m.

It was just what I needed to pick the last of the kale and put my garden to bed. Something I thought I would not get to before cold winter temperatures struck.  I had also procrastinated about planting my garlic, and darned if I didn’t get a chance to do that too! Temperatures tomorrow are supposed to be in the 20°’s and very windy. I think I just squeaked by on this one!


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4 responses to “50º at 1 p.m.

  1. holly

    ummmm…i hate to sound like a city kid, (i live in the woods, for heaven’s sake!) but do you just put garlic in the ground and it makes MORE garlic? do you put the whole head in? just one clove?


    • Barb Fernald

      Hi Holly, you don’t sound like a city kid. I didn’t know this until a few years ago. You break up the bulb into separate cloves and then plant each clove in its own little hole. Next August, the cloves will have grown into whole bulbs. (I hope) My favorite time is when they start sending out the flowers (scapes) on their wildly curly stems. When cut, they look like a bouquet from outer space. http://www.flickr.com/photos/superdewa/4714629861/in/photostream/

      Fritz says they’re good to eat. I just like to pick them for bouquets. If I forget to harvest the garlic in August, I will just grow more scapes from the unharvested bulbs next spring. I should have planted these about 2 months ago. It’s been one of THOSE falls. I got a second chance with the weather today. Now the temperature is at 20º. Cold night coming up. I’ll be crossing my fingers in the spring.


  2. Susan White

    Nice! xo


    • Barb Fernald

      I honestly thought I’d be looking out at stalks of dead stuff, in the garden, all winter long. Felt like I missed my chance to put the garden to bed. Today, out of the blue, it was warm and I had some time. Very satisfying to get it all done before we see snow.
      Happy Winter ! My fingers are crossed that I wasn’t too late getting the garlic cloves into the ground. I won’t know until Spring. Something to look forward to.xoxo


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