MaryE's blog: 2022 #138 Garlic planting is finished

Posted on Nov 1, 2022 6:45 PM

All of the garlic that was worth planting is in the ground now and yesterday I mulched it all with straw and watered it to form a mat that the wind won't blow away. Most of the tools have been brought up the hill to the shed. The rototiller will be ready to store away after the tire that keeps loosing air is repaired and put back on it. Better to deal with it now than have to fiddle around putting air into it multiple times next season.

It looks like my plans for a no till garden will not happen next year because when I gather leaves this fall they will be tilled into the rows next spring to help with that excessive nitrogen problem. Meanwhile, I am leaving the big manure fork in the garden so that I can work on cleaning roots out of the rows so they won't be chopped into itty bitty pieces when I run the tiller. And maybe after next year I will be able to go the no-till route. I would like to get that hard clay layer broken up under all of the rows.

I'm still having to be careful using my right arm. While not as painful as it was, it is still uncomfortable and I am hoping if I take care of it now the discomfort will be gone and my strength will return over the winter with careful use. Meanwhile, my left arm works just fine and I have learned to do some things left handed.

Today we took the shade cloth off the greenhouse. My baby plants in the salad bed will be happier with more light.

A storm is blowing in and I hope it will bring us rain or snow. It rained in town today but we didn't get any of it. The rain plus the wind will help bring the leaves down from the trees and soon I will be bringing home bags of them.

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