Garlic

It’s been a bit since I was out to the garden. And it’s supposed to rain all day (later) so I quickly plowed through the morning chores; milking, feeding, watering, gathering (actually, gathering goes on all day. Our sweet hens just love to have me over for coffee and donuts so they  stagger their egg-laying over multiple hours (like 8 hours) so I must make several trips to the hen house to collect eggs. It’s an all day conversation, just me and the girls. But I don’t mind).

Then I blitzed out to the garden spot.

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Music Garlic

The only thing growing (besides a couple of really hardy weeds) is the garlic I planted last fall. I wasn’t sure how it was doing since it’s still pretty cold here at night. But the little spikes have just thrown off the frozen nights and have peeked out of the straw mulch from last year’s chicken coop. Yeay!

This time of year I’m really hungry for fresh food and it’s discouraging to realize that true gardening season won’t start for another 2 months!

The days are warming nicely but the night temps dip into the 20’s. We won’t be able to plant for real until Memorial Day. However, I might be tempted to put in the potatoes. My husband always encourages me this time of year to take a chance on putting out the ‘taters a bit early. I think he thinks it will keep my complaining (and pacing the house waiting for gardening season) down to a dull roar. He’s probably right.

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Egyptian Walking Onions

I also spied these walking onions in a pile left-over from last year. I must have missed them when we were cleaning up the garden after last year’s harvest. Look at these things! They survived the snow and the Montana winter’s bite and now they are trying to sprout!

Hmmmm.

I received the grandparents of these bulbs a couple of years ago from Anna Hess of Walden Effect (http://www.waldeneffect.org/). I’ve had only marginal success with onion seeds actually making fruit (do onions make fruit?). I thought that walking onions might be a good substitute if traditional onions became scarce for some reason. And these walking onions are really easy to grow, much easier than their traditional cousins. I’ve gown them several seasons but I’m a little at a loss as to how to use them. They are really not a true onion nor are they a true garlic. But they are REALLY EASY TO GROW HERE IN MONTANA. I mean look at those things? They are positively jumping out of their skins!

I just can’t ignore that fact that this source of food is begging me to plant them.So I planted these guys in a row next to the garlic.

Maybe by the time they reach maturity I’ll have a plan for using them this year.

Maybe.

 

Today’s count: 28 51 eggs, 3 gallons milk

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