Not long now before the 2012 harvest begins. The Flinders Island Purple Garlic has started to produce coils, which is always a good indication that they are starting to get ready to segment into cloves. The Spanish Rojo is also starting to jump out of the ground. The Rojo is a later variety, so it won't be harvested for another 2 to 3 months.
October has proven to be a very busy month. We have been flat out trying to keep on top of the weeds. It has also been extremely dry on the island so we have needed to water the crops a lot more than usual. We also now have eight very healthy pups, thanks to George & Jill.
After spending a busy weekend in Melbourne catching up with my beautiful family & friends, we are finally on a family holiday up in Noosa. Hooray!!!
Headed out to the South Melbourne Market today to meet up with Michael & Georgie Dragwidge. Michael & Georgie have both given up high paying stressful jobs to run a stall at the market which predominately specialises in potatoes & pumpkins. I never realised how many varieties of potatoes there are. It is so refreshing to come across a couple who are extremely passionate about what they do. If you are heading out to the market late Dec early Jan, keep an a eye out for their stall as you may see some of our beautiful garlic hanging up amongst the other wonderful produce.
Time to put the feet up, well at least for the rest of the day. All the garlic has now been mulched, which is a huge weight off our shoulders. We can now sit back and enjoy the next few months, as all the hard work is finished. Apart from watering the garlic, there really is little work to be done, until those dreaded weeds start to poke through.
Another planting done and dusted! What a feeling of relief. If you have ever planted a substantial amount of garlic, you will appreciate how good it feels to plant the last clove. At least this year my wonderful husband Mark helped me on the odd occasion. I think I put him to shame last year when I mentioned on live radio that he managed to plant one clove. Little does everyone know that he really is the backbone of the business and I couldn't do it without him.