So, the farmers here at Wells Tavern Farm are all great fans of garlic. We spend a lot of money each year at farmer’s markets buying pounds of beautiful cloves of pungent garlic. We enjoy sampling the wares from each of our fellow farmer’s who sell at the markets we attend. We ask lots of questions and marvel at the little papery bulbs.
All that said, I have put off planting the three pounds of garlic that I procured, until today. It just really can’t wait much longer. If one “researches” how to plant garlic properly on the internet, there are websites that say to plant it an inch deep, other websites that say to plant it four inches deep, and some say any number of things in between. Who knows how deep we actually ended up planting the hundred or so cloves we planted, as there were so many rocks in the plot we planted, we ended up with meandering rows, picking at least a hundred pounds of rocks, and leaving the really heavy ones where they were. When my back began really, really hurting, I called it a day, and Myles and I vowed to continue planting the remaining eighty or hundred cloves another day.
What if the majority of them actually come up? Well, it is far easier to imagine a world where they don’t. It could be too damp or cold or warm a winter. On the other hand, they do have plenty of manure and beautiful soil to try to flourish in. Oh, to be burdened by a world of too much garlic. I am not sure that could happen. We’ll have to get to planting the rest of the cloves, and then wait and see.
For a farm update: All of the animals are doing well, and are happy. The sheep are still stubbornly trying to graze a little bit each day, even though we feed them beautiful local second cutting hay. The Jersey milking cows are still milking, and are confirmed pregnant – between five months and three months, each — though they may be slightly further along in their gestation, and it is always better to figure on err on an earlier date than to be caught off guard with a “surprise” calf in a stall or pasture. The piglets are venturing outside of their home, exploring the outdoors and demonstrating their independence. We discovered that the goats have managed to either kill or seriously maim a historic dark purple lilac that used to have bark from the ground up to about five feet high. The geese are happy and healthy. And the pullets are maturing nicely — they should be ready to lay in February. Meat chickens are scheduled to arrive next week.