MaryE's blog: 2022 #136 Garlic is mostly planted

Posted on Oct 21, 2022 7:01 PM

I'm tired of planting! My knees hurt, my shoulder is sore and my hands are rough and on the verge of bleeding from the hard clay lumps of soil. I've been hurrying to get it all planted so have been pushing to beat the rain. I should have done some watering to soften it before trying to work in the peat moss and plant the cloves down a few inches into it. I wore out a pair of gloves! The showers arrived this afternoon just after I quit planting for the day and was watering everything. The ground is very dry so it is going to take a lot more water than just a few showers to get moisture down several inches. Adding the peat moss and mixing it into my mini rows took a lot of extra time and so did working with a sore shoulder. My kitty helps a lot, she rubs, tries to give my face kisses and likes to appropriate my kneeling pads for her own use. Today an owl was roosting in the big tree just outside the corner of the garden, quietly minding his own business while I was minding mine. Yesterday he moved from his roosting place to a post and watched a while from there.

Today I saw a hummingbird! I told him he had better get himself south right away. I still have the feeder up so he got a drink and hopefully also saw the lilac blooms on one of my bushes. Lilacs in October are either 5 months late or 7 months early. Very strange!

I picked a few of our plums today, ate a couple and decided they need frost before they will taste good. I think frost sweetens them. Our tree is loaded again this year.

This showery system is moving from northwest to southeast so we could be seeing snow on our higher mountain peaks as early as tomorrow morning.

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