57. Garlic Planting

I’ve mentioned that I consider myself a sort of Robert Smithson of gardening. He is most well-known for this:

Spiral Jetty (1970)

Spiral Jetty (1970)

So it was time I add some sort of spiral to Spy Garden. So I planted a big spiral of garlic here:

Garlic Spiral

Garlic Spiral

Garlic grows like this:

Spy Garden Garlic (2012)

Spy Garden Garlic (2012)

So it will be an extra whirly-twirly spiral!

You can't really see the shape now, but hopefully it will emerge soon!

You can’t really see the shape now, but hopefully it will emerge soon!

In the areas where the garlic is not planted I will grow early spring greens (spinach/etc.) and maybe some brassicas, dill and marigold. I’m hoping the combination of dill, marigolds and garlic will fend off the squash bugs and the brassica pests.

Another view

Another view

And another

And another

After we harvest the garlic in the spring this large patch will be used to grow pumpkins next year. This is one of the varieties I want to grow:

“Triamble” also called “Shamrock”

SQ172_01(C. maxima) A very rare and unique variety that was imported from Australia in 1932, from seed secured from Arthur Yates and Co. of Sydney. This light sea-green squash is lobed like a three leaf clover, making it highly unusual in appearance. They weigh about 10 lbs each and have sweet orange, fine-grained flesh. A fine variety for eating and decorating! (picture and description from Baker Creek)

The first frost is nearing so I pulled up all the tomato plants.

Tempura-fried green tomatoes coming soon

Tempura-fried green tomatoes coming soon

And something with the Thai Red Roselle. Jelly?

And something with the Thai Red Roselle. Jelly?

Arugula Planting

Arugula Planting

Garden helpers

Garden helpers

My first giant cape gooseberry. A very weird flavor, almost like alcohol and cherry

My first giant cape gooseberry. A very weird flavor, almost like alcohol and cherry.

11 thoughts on “57. Garlic Planting

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      1. natarunmore

        Yes! Me too.. I also just realized I can put the tips of green onions and celery in a cup of water and it will grow on my kitchen counter! Seeing some green in winter will help me a lot. :)

  3. narf77

    What an excellent post :). Love the dog action shots ;). We just managed to concrete in the last 4 poles in our tennis court sized fully enlosed veggie garden and will be putting the ex-fishfarm netting over the top later this week. I have to say reading about growing more veggies that nothing can eat and that we don’t have to protect with fortresses of “stuff” to stop possum and wallaby invasion (but that also make you a yoga expert just to get inside) makes me excited. I wonder if we Aussies can still get those pumpkins that came from here?! I doubt it ;). Cheers for sharing your gorgeous garden with us.

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  4. Eliza Waters

    I LOVE the garlic spiral! What a great idea, interplanted with the spinach, etc. I love when folks bring design into the veggie garden, which traditionally has suffered from ‘square syndrome’ with straight rows. None of that for Spy Garden! I see that PsychoPuppy, I mean Dexie, ;-) was having a great time with Babyzilla planting arugula! Your life is so full; I hope you love every moment while they are young for those moments flee all too soon. All that energy is so revitalizing, I catch bits of it from your posts – thanks!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks for such nice comments! I do hope the spiral turns out, as psychopuppy was digging and trying to snatch the cloves away as I was planting! I don’t think Babyzilla got any of the arugula seeds into the actual dirt. But it was a free seed packet (from Baker Creek) and it kept her entertained for quite awhile. All of their energy usually makes me sleepy, so glad someone’s feeling revitalized HAHAHhaa

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      1. Eliza Waters

        LOL! That’s the nice perk to having raised my own 2 kids, I now get to enjoy other people’s kids without the energy being sucked out of me! Although, I do care occasionally for the adorable kids next door and I am totally exhausted after a couple hours. :-)

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