In the original garden the planting beds have not been walked on in over two years. Preventing soil compression is significant to my gardening method. Last week I harvested the garlic. I pulled it easily from the loose soil. Then I washed off the soil, and now the garlic is drying in my garage.
The heads were larger last year. Regardless, I am pleased with the harvest. I was late in planting and cutting off the scapes. All in all a good year. The garlic is drying on a large window screen to allow air to flow. When the out layers feel papery, about two weeks, I will cut off the tops and bottoms and store them in our dark cellar.
After my garlic soil I let the growing beds rest for a week. I was preparing the garlic beds for a second crop. Accidentally I stepped in one of the growing beds. I was amazed at how far my foot went into the soil.
The soil looks, and feels, in good shape. I was able to plant bunching onions, kohlrobi, cauliflower, and cabbage today. I know it is a bit late, but hopefully I can use enough season extension devices to make get everything to harvest.
Currently, I am harvesting cucumbers everyday. So far from two plants I have over 35 cucumbers with many more to come.
I have tried growing sunflowers three or four years. Each year a chipmunk eats the tender seedling. I finally gave up.
This year in a corner of the garden this lovely sunflower has bloomed. This afternoon while taking a closer look at it I could see several bees floating around. This variety has several blooms. This lovely surprise is welcome at the Micro-farm.
This afternoon I climbed up a ladder to see if I could get a good picture of the Micro-farm. I was hoping to capture the color and feeling of the Micro-farm. I think the picture is close. What does the picture evoke in you?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.