There I sat at the computer last Friday night. Four days off spread before me just like one ginormous yawn. It rained like hell that day, windy and raw. I tried to stay at my screen in my office as much as possible., but had to venture out a few times into the maelstrom. Someone said it had been sleeting at one point. Glad I wore my bright yellow raincoat and waterproof shoes.
That was last week. Break is over now. Back to work tomorrow. The 4 days off from work were nice, but it was cool and windy every day. Not much for bike riding. But when you’re addicted you have to go do it anyway. So I did. Just a couple of short rides. This morning the temp got down to 26°F.
The notable achievement of this break was the planting of the garlic. First wheelbarrow loads of compost had to be moved to the two long beds where onions had grown so nicely this summer.
After covering the two beds with about 4-5 inches of compost, I tilled the beds with a turning fork. Mind you this work took place over the last week or two. There’s about an hour of light left after getting home from work, and working the soil helps melt away the business of the day. After turning, 5 – 10 pounds of organic Pro-Gro 5-3-4 fertilizer is worked in with a cultivator and then the beds are raked down nice and flat for planting. I made a planting guide that spaces the garlic cloves 6 inches from each other.
Another important thing accomplished today was the gathering and roasting of as many pumpkin seeds as I could find. We gave away a lot of pumpkins, as usual, but there were 3 big ones left and the seeds were nice and plump. Next weekend I’m going to a farm in Warner where they carve up hundreds of pumpkins. I heard I could take all the seeds I could possibly want.