Garlic Was Planted Today

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on February 22, 2012 · 4 comments

Today we got all the garlic planted. Each fruit tree got 55 cloves and we ran out after planting the 9th tree. These are the trees that got garlic:

  • 2 Pear
  • 3 Peach
  • 2 Nectarine
  • 2 Apricot

I thought for sure I’d have enough garlic to go around every fruit tree, but I was wrong. If every clove makes a bulb of garlic that will mean we’ll have 495 bulbs. That is WAY more than we could ever use in a year, and if we saved 5lbs of garlic as seed, we’d still have too many. :)

Do I mind? Nope! As it is right now we go through about 6 bulbs of garlic a week, which turns out to be around 288 bulbs per year. Of course that’s a low ball estimate, because when I make bone broths I always put about 2 cloves of garlic in, and just about every meal we make has some garlic in it.

I know that when I plant onions in the next few days, there is no way in hell I’ll run out…at least I hope not! I have an arsenal onion, leek, green onion and chive seeds.

So, are you wondering why I chose to plant garlic around the fruit trees instead of in rows like everyone else?

Here are my list of reasons:

  1. Garlic accumulates sulfur in the soil which acts as a natural fungicide to help prevent diseases such as mold, black spot, and fungus.  (Actually chives, onions and leeks do also)
  2.  Repels aphids
  3. Japanese beetles don’t like it
  4. root maggots think its yucky (my technical term)
  5. Mites don’t like it either
  6. It’s said that fruit trees take up the sulfur into the pores via the roots, making the fruit and leaves unsavory to any unwanted bug. (I like that one the best…now we’ll see if its true won’t we?!  :) )
  7. It will free up a lot of space by planting under fruit trees since I won’t have to use lots of rows.
  8. I think it will also look very pretty.

If you don’t have any garlic to plant, you can always plant onions, chives (which are perennial), or leeks under your fruit trees. Its definitely not too late in the season to plant it out, especially if you have a few fruit trees but are limited on space.

As you can see in the photo above, there is a ring that goes beyond the garlic. That area will be planted out with onions, cabbage, celeriac, and chives. The garlic, onions and chives will hopefully, HOPEFULLY help to repel cabbage moths this year. We got creamed by the little green monsters last year. Celeriac and celery are supposed to improve the flavor of cabbage, so I’ll be alternating between the cabbage and celeriac.

I’ve been super busy creating the rest of my plans for each section of our different gardens. So far I’ve gone through about 1,100 popsicle  sticks, labeling each one for specific veggies or fruits and putting them into different categories to keep them organized. I’ve also had to split seeds up for different sections of the garden. Its been exhausting mentally for me.

Tomorrow we’re shooting to get the rest of the tomato garden beds laid. In the photo to the left is one half of one row. Its not finished either. Its been windy here which takes FOREVER to get cardboard laid, wet down and NOT let it fly away. Its easier to do sheet mulching when two people are present and everyone’s prepared.

What doesn’t help is when all the materials are scattered to different quadrants of the land because I changed my mind about where to put the piles.

Yes, I change my mind a lot when it comes to planning the garden. Dom had already done the hard part by making the compost and delivering it to different quadrants. I made more work for myself by changing my mind and working in the chicken pasture first.

Anyway, this is what goes into our sheet mulching:

  • On the bare dirt aged horse manure is laid. ( I don’t bother to remove weed seeds or rocks)
  • Second layer: is cardboard
  • Third: compost
  • Four:  is straw
  • Water to saturate
  • Fifth: is blood and bone meal
  • Sixth: is compost
  • Seventh: is more straw
  • Water to saturate
  • Eighth: Add thick layer of compost
  • Ninth: plant seeds
  • Tenth: cover with mulch.
  • Lightly water

I know there are others who will go at least four times with this combo, but we don’t have unlimited resources. Also if we had a lot of worms we’d add them to the top of the bed and let them crawl into the compost before we planted seeds.

I’ll end this post with tonight’s sunset. It was beautiful:


Above was taken after the last clove of garlic was put into the ground. (looking west)
When I turned around towards the east, this is what the sky looked like:

That is the same sky at the same time of day, and that’s the beauty of our sunsets…look one way and see an amazing array of colors, look another way and the sky has totally changed color. Too cool, and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane@Peaceful Acres Farm February 23, 2012 at 5:31 am

I think you’ve convinced me that visiting that part of our great country is to be added to my bucket list! It is beautiful.

I was in my garden yesterday….and by the way SPRING has sprung in Maryland….it’s been so warm and Spring like with birds singing, warmer mornings and coatless afternoons, it was 77 in my greenhouse! (although I know we can have wicked March snow storms)….so I digress….I figured all my garlic was dead since everyone I know has said that due to our warm winter their garlic has been up all winter. Mine showed no signs of coming through the thick layer of straw I covered it with…so yesterday I took a peek…and low and behold my garlic is up!!!!! I’m really hoping I get something out of that crop. I’ve been told that I can have some stash from a friend who’s got a nice heirloom crop. We’ll see if she remembers!

I’ve done Lasagna Gardening in my herb garden. In my raised beds, I just throw barn bedding and hope it burns off enough for planting in the Spring. My chickens make light work for me in the back garden where we have dumped leaves from many a neighbor, and a ton of barn compost which has sat for over a year. They have little by little spread it for me and now that it’s thawing they are making that pile smaller and smaller!!!

Work smarter not harder!! Good job!!!


Angela aka Farmer Jane February 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

Hi Diane,

You should take some pictures of your baby garlic. LOL I’m such a weirdo like that. I love seeing baby sprouts.

I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d ever fall in love with New Mexico. Before we came out here to live, I struggled with the thought of living here for almost a year. It was the last place on earth I ever wanted to be. Dom and I had plans on moving to Northern Idaho after our son graduated from high school. Even when we made that plan, on our way home from Idaho, Dom asked if I wanted to drive through the southern half of the United States (we took the most northern route across the country) and I said, “hell NO! there is no way I’m traveling through the desert, there’s murderers out there! Didn’t you see the Hills Have Eyes? Texas Chainsaw Massacre? NO!” He said he wanted to see New Mexico again and then meander up through Colorado and then head back east, but I said no way.

That was the end of that for a few years.Needless to say, I did not want to like New Mexico at all. I was not a fan. I hated the fact that only Albuquerque near the Rio Grande had trees and everything else seemed to be BROWN! The desert was brown, it seemed to be lifeless and flat. It took just a few weeks, and then I began to get hooked on the beauty. I had to let go of my tree and green grass prejudice and start to open my eyes to this kind of beauty. Once I did, I never looked back. I did not want to come here. I did not want to stay, but I fell in love with the land and the people and now I’ll never be the same. :)


Angela aka Farmer Jane February 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

Diane, here is a post I wrote about New Mexico back when we first moved here:

Its from my other blog. (If you’re offended easily by language and crude sense of humor, don’t venture beyond that page.) I have a crude, foul mouth side to me that comes out a lot in The Alopecian Muse.


Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) February 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

WoW! That’s a lot of garlic! Congrats on getting it all in the ground!


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