Monster Garlic

Monster Garlic I’ve grown garlic for almost as many years as I’ve lived in Maine. It’s one of those veggies that I consistently have good luck with. Last October, I planted just shy of 90 cloves in two of my hugelkulture beds where I grew cucumbers and pumpkins... Read more »

Summer Arrives with August in Maine

Summer Arrives with August in Maine Summer has finally arrived with hot and humid weather. After waiting so long for summer-like weather, I have to keep reminding myself not to whine. I really don’t like hot and humid. I don’t do humidity. With cool weather just around the corner, my mantra... Read more »

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business November 1st dawned with the threat of a Nor’easter heading up the coast. The weather man has the nerve to predict 5-10 inches of snow for us. I am not ready for snow. I have too much unfinished business. The last of the garden cleanup is not yet done My garlic... Read more »

Gardening in the Rain

Gardening in the Rain The morning sunshine quickly faded to a cool steady drizzle. Despite the weather, I had garden chores on my to do list. With so little free time, I didn’t let the rain stop me. I harvested garlic. The Banties moved in as soon as I cleared the bed, scratching and... Read more »

My Favorite Color is Garlic

My Favorite Color is Garlic These garlic bulbs, recently harvested, are the most beautiful variegated purple and white color. The purple color is so soft and rich, there ought to be a Crayola named after my Russian Red Garlic. This year’s garlic harvest yield was 6 ¾ pounds – less... Read more »

Blustery Weekend Snapshots

Blustery Weekend Snapshots It was a blustery October weekend here. Windy enough to strip the autumn colors from the trees and make me appreciate how quickly autumn is passing. Feeling the pressure, we packed a lot of projects into the last two days. Although it was just two-and-a-half months... Read more »

Gorgeous, Glorious, Garlic!

Gorgeous, Glorious, Garlic! Garlic is a staple in our kitchen – even Hannah likes it. That’s why I increased our crop planting to 100 cloves last fall – up from 60 the year before. I spent an enjoyable afternoon sitting in the dooryard cleaning garlic. For the past few weeks... Read more »

Working For Your Garlic

Working For Your Garlic I put my garlic loving Hannah to work today snipping the scapes off the garlic. She helped to plant this batch of garlic in the fall. I seem to recall plantint 97 cloves, but came up with only 91... Read more »

Garlic Harvest

Garlic Harvest I’m not sure what this says about me, but I get really excited about growing garlic. A bit garden geeky, I know. Today was harvest day for my Russian Red. It’s like Christmas day digging up the garlic and see how Mother Nature treated the little cloves I planted in... Read more »

Garlic Growing Strong

Garlic Growing Strong Last year was my first attempt at growing garlic. After trying some Russian Red garlic from the local farmer’s market (at a premium price) I became a garlic snob. I enjoyed this hard neck garlic so much more than what’s available in the grocery store, I... Read more »

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