We started preparing the new garlic patch about three hours before the class was to begin. The ground that we chose out in the back display garden does not receive any water other than where the drips are around the trees and planting beds, and from rainfall - so it was very dry and compacted soil. We raked back the shredded cedar from the area, and then soaked it four times, about an inch deep. It took about 20-30 minutes for it to completely soak in each time. Then we fired up Rose's little rototiller and started loosing up the soil. This is where I should tell you to be very careful with these little tools. While they are quite effective in breaking up the soil, they are also pretty good at cutting right through an existing drip line.
|Rose firing up the Honda|
|Organic amendments, ready to be tilled into the soil|
|Garlic all layed out, ready to be planted|
|Bill placing the garlic into the soil. 2-3 inches|
|Our "Garlic Guru" Bill Mewaldt, owner of Mewaldt's Organic Farm here in Fallon. http://www.mewaldtorganics.com/|
|Yes, I really did cut through the drip line, but lucky for me, it had to be moved to cover the garlic bed anyway.|