Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winter preparation for a new growing season

Hello all garlic eaters!
 Tonight, when we were done our supper, I looked out the east window and saw it was still light outside for  a wee bit longer.  spring is on its way!  In a few  months!  However, winter is the time for most farmers/producers to plan for the upcoming season.  Even though I have been busy with off-farm work now for more than a year, I still have lots of opportunity to get caught up with paper work, updating social media as well as trying  to blog a few times in the winter. I read my magazines, ordered my seeds and  designed new labels. This year is the beginning of  a another chapter in life and that includes moving ahead with the vegetable part of the gardens. This is a complete turn around from the direction I was previously   heading into.  Instead of just concentrating on garlic, I am now planning in erecting a high tunnel/hoop house to extend our season in the central Hastings climate. I have been dreaming of this for several years.  This is a two year project by the time the ground is worked up with manure and cover crops to break up the soil and to build up nutrients and soil microbiology.  By 2016, I will be  learning how to grow under the cover and harvesting the wonderful crops that will be growing. Garlic is and will always be one of my main crops and I will continue to offer you  a great selection of old and new garlic varieties.  Check out the catalog in the summer for whats in and what's not.

One of the less- than -glorious chores i do in the winter is the processing of garlic into garlic powder and granules.  I now have all I need dehydrated and ground , I am  just waiting for jars to come in.  By next week,  jarred garlic powder and granules will be available on line.  $12/75g for powder   $10/60g for granules.. Don't hesitate to order some

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