It feels like things have gotten even busier after harvest! Between getting our scale certified for Farmers Markets, finalizing packaging options, lining up straw for fall bedding, entering garlic into the local county fair...not to mention cleaning, sizing, and sorting the garlic!
With the help of a GREAT crew, we pulled and hung are garlic in the shed! We harvested July 3 -4, and took a break the next few days because of rain, and then harvested with a vengeance July 8, 9 , and 10th. We filled all but 2 rows of wire in the 50' x 100' drying shed, and are now contemplating where to store more garlic if we were to grow any more in future years!
We began harvest on Friday, July 1st with our one softneck variety, NY White. Since then we have finished harvesting 5 more varieties (Metechi, Asian Tempest, Music, Great Northern White, and Bogatyr) with help of some great friends and family. Before harvest started, we spent a day constructing a set of stairs to get into the drying barn and also our wire grid system for hanging the bundles of 10 to dry. We learned 14 ga electric fence wire over a 28 foot span needs some reinforcing. We've also recently learned how to count bulbs and tie knots really fast. Our Bed Shaper has been converted into bed lifter for the mean time and looks to need some gauge wheels to help control the depth of cut. It takes quick and frequent adjusting of the tractor lever to maintain the proper depth.
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This blog serves as a place to highlight the events that happen at Tamarack Garlic Farm through the year.