What can I say? It has been over a year since I posted on the Patch. There are many reasons, but the main reason is that I had nothing to post about. Our gardens have been unloved for over a year. No sense looking back to go over why. I don’t feel like getting into it. Let’s just look forward. And there is so much to look forward to…namely the 98 garlic plants that I just put in the ground yesterday. Planting garlic is the coolest. Here’s what you do…
Buy organic bulbs of garlic. Break them up into cloves and plant each of those cloves. Easy, right? Not so fast. This is the DaisyPatch Farm we’re talking about. Actually, let’s be more specific…this is me we’re talking about. Nothing’s easy. The beds were full of weeds and a few of the wood boards that made up one of the raised beds were rotted and needed replacing. Sigh.
We had the boards and screws, but not the supporting brackets, so off to Home Depot. Keith came out to help when I got home. He fixed the bed while I:
- pulled weeds
- hoed the garden beds
- laid down landscape fabric on each bed
- arranged the garlic cloves
- cut an x in the fabric
- shoved the clove in the hole (stop thinking dirty)
- arranged soil over
Repeated 97 more times.
Previously, this would have been no sweat, but as I planted, I looked like Tucker on, “There’s Something About Mary” when he dropped his keys in Mary’s office (you would think there would have been a better link on YouTube – that was admittedly pretty hack!) thanks to the STUPID KNEE that Woodrow-the-beloved-bulldog-who-needs-a-helmet injured whilst we were playing bullfighter in the backyard this past winter.
The mosquitos feasted until after 7pm which is when I finally finished up.
Here’s the thing. A few years ago, I planted 65 garlic. They lasted 3 years. Just saying. So, who’s up for some scampi in, say, April?