This weekend I finally got to harvesting the garlic in our raised beds. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this for months. I planted the little baby bulbs all the way back in the very early fall and watched them grow all through the year; their green tips getting taller and taller over the hay that kept them warm under our light snow this winter.
This was definitely a long wait for me, and most of the gardening web sites left me feeling confused as to how to know when to harvest. Most advising to dig up the bulbs and check, to see how they are growing to know when they are ready. But still didn’t really tell you how you would know, when you dug them up. But then I stumbled on a tip somewhere in the interweb world, that said that the leaves start to streak yellow when the bulbs are getting ready to be harvested. Yes, this! And my plants had started doing this just the week before. The leaves streaking came at the perfect time, since I have to get my summer plants in and I just ran out of time.
I decided to dig up everything, but the two Elephant Garlic bulbs I planted, since they still have no yellow streaks on the leaves, I’ll update you when they come in. Because our garden is so small just right outside our townhouse I planted the garlic patch really tight and compact. Just two squares, each 1×1 ft. In the tray pictured you can see the garlic bulbs from just one of the squares. I thought it was pretty impressive for such a small space!
I managed to braid three long garlic braids and one baby braid, not to shabby for my first time braiding garlic. Which I learned thanks to one of my favorite blogs Thy Hand Hath Provided, you can learn how right here. Now I’m drying the garlic until the outer layers are papery and its hanging from the drying rack in my dining room, along with catnip, some oregano, sage, and spearmint it smells delightful. All we have to wait for is the Elephant Garlic. Check back soon I’ll be cooking the Elephant Garlic Scapes.
Posted in Green Living, Organic Gardening
Tagged autumn, braid, braiding, cold weather, farming, garden, gardening, garlic, hard, harvest, home, homesteading, organic, permaculture, root, small scale, small space, soft neck, spring, sustainable, tiny, townhouse, vegetable, winter
Yesterday I enjoyed the first tomatoes ripe off the vine from my garden. It’s been a long process to get them here, but they were definitely worth it. I started growing this variety of Tigerella tomatoes plant back in December, you can read about how I grew it inside under my LED light at the linked blog posts. I was really interested in the size and amazing coloration of this variety of tomato. The plants grown like crazy indoors, with just regular fertilizing, and as soon as it got warm enough I wrestled the pot outside and into a sunny spot in the yard. Overnight two of the tomatoes ripened, I let them stay on the vine another two days just to be sure, but when I couldn’t wait any longer, I just had to pick them. The flavor was incredible, really rich, and slightly salty. I was worried they would lack flavor since they were mostly grown indoors, but this definitely did not taste like a hot house tomato.
The Tigerella tomato is a plum/cherry type tomato that is bi colored, red with yellow stripes. The plant which takes 59 days to mature is an indeterminate variety, with fruit that range in size from 2 to 4 ounces. It can grow to be 9 ft tall without pruning.
Posted in Organic Gardening, Summer
Tagged Art, eco friendly, fine art, first of the season, garden, harvest, LED garden, LED gardening, organic, photo, photography, south carolina, sustainable, tigerella, tomato, vegetable
Fresh from the farm…
Curated By: JillianReneDecor
Featuring The Work Of: judeMcConkeyPhotos, grayworksdesign, 42things, Splodgepodge, Modred12, TheSteelFork, CalloohCallay, WithTheRain, Dprintsclayful, Antlerstuff, gazaboo, FirstLightPhoto, BootsNGus, gardenmis, FrogGoesToMarket, OneDecember
This weeks Treasury Roundup is dedicated to all of those who grow our food, the ranchers and farmers, cheese-makers, and bakers, and all amazing yummy sweet food that start’s to come out of the garden at the beginning of spring. I can’t wait to get back in the garden. We’ve been digging bed’s and laying in compost, all to get ready for that action packed time of year that is spring. Where plants seem to grow over night and flowers bloom before your very eyes. These incredible treasuries embody everything that spring is simple and clean, bright, fresh, and exploding with possibilities. Come and check them out with me.
Posted in Etsy, Treasury
Tagged blue, craft, crafts, decor, design, eco friendly, etsy, farm, farmhouse, fashion, forest, garden, green, handmade, harvest, homemade, leaves, minimal, modern, organic, photography, reause, recycle, Recycled, reduce, rustic, simple, summer, sustainable, treasury, treasury Roundup, vintage
Curated by: Abra Kadabra from abrakadabraua
Featuring the work of: snugglymonkeyco, AnnaKiperPhoto, camelotia, LIGAMENTUM, BeaKez, hellocard, HavokDesigns, joystclaire, cstotzer, Palettedesom, SpectraAlley, GazeboTree, mascarajones, brandMOJOimages, BoudicaBags, camelotia
Here comes spring, I wait for it every year with baited breath. The morning dew glistening on newly opened flower petals, while leaves start to form and buds begin to show. It’s the season of possibilities, when anything can happen. The buzzing bees have just begun the wonderful song, a droning that spells of food and magic. Come take a magic ride with me through the earliest days of spring, those moments where it can seem as though it’s a dream that may be snatched away at any moment, or able to be fulfilled in the most amazing way, in the heady aroma of a blooming flower and a truly warm day full of sunshine.
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Tagged Art, bear, cream, deer, easter, eco friendly, egg, etsy, fashion, forest, fox, garden, green, handmade, harvest, homemade, interior design, jewelry, leaf, mushroom, organic, owl, rabbit, reause, recycle, Recycled, rustic, spring, sustainable, tan, treasury, vintage, wedding, woodland