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I’m increasing the amount of garlic for next year. Since now is the time for planting garlic, I’ve been working on prepping a new bed.
First, out comes any weeds that were growing. This bed was supposed to be a new spot for the strawberry babies, but that didn’t happen this year. For someone who put in a much smaller garden this year, I sure have not been able to get a bunch of extra projects done. I guess, though, that is life – full of plans and goals, but not all of them get completed. That’s OK, there is always next year, right?
We had covered the lower part of the garden with black plastic, to keep the weeds down. It has done a great job, but I needed to pull a lot of it back so I could run the quad and trailer in and out of there.
Valley friends have a huge pile of really well composted manure, so once I have the weeds out of this bed I will bring the quad and trailer down to their place and start loading up. Since it is already so well composted, I can place it directly on the bed. Then I’ll dig it in, mixing it with the soil that is already there. In a couple of weeks, I can plant. As soon as I can, I’ll get some straw to mulch the beds heavily, which will help cut down the weeds.
Here is some of this years harvest of garlic, which I planted last fall.
Last year I wrote a series of articles all about how to grow, harvest and store garlic. Take a read through if you like – garlic is very easy to grow and so very good for you.