Dan took care of putting mulch down over the garlic over the weekend. And it was a good thing he did, as we received over another heavy rain shower. The raised beds looked great after the rain, and happy to see we had root growth within 6 days of planting!
Planting for 2014 at Tamarack Garlic Farm is in the books! We planted close to 23,000 garlic cloves over two days...luckily we had a GREAT crew of family and friends to help us. Overall, things went pretty smooth, and the weather finally cooperated to allow us to get the crop into the ground before winter sets in.
When it rains, it pours! We've received nearly 1.9 inches of rain over the past few days, which puts our planting on hold. With fall in full swing, it takes longer for the soil to dry out.
The graphic below is shows that we've "been wetter than normal" in 2014. But, every rain cloud, has a silver lining, right? I look at it as by waiting to plant a couple days puts us in line with planting with the next full moon phase (Oct. 8th).
Some people swear by planting with the" lunar cycles", while others think it's "lunacy"... Many believe that planting with the full moon helps with plant geotropism, quicker germination, and plant biochemical processes. The advice I give my students in Plant & Soil Science class is that there is "likely some advantages" to coinciding your planting with the moon, but it's more important to let the local weather forecast and past experience dictate your planting."
In other news, we had out first light frost this morning, which is a couple days after the "Historical Average" frost range of Sept. 27-Oct. 3rd. We hope to get the garlic cloves in the ground this week with the expected "dry" forecast.
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