Garlic planting and fall veggies

Well here are a few photos of us planting garlic.  We used our plastic mulch layer, without the plastic to lay a double drip line and make a nice smooth surface to plant the garlic.  We then used our water wheel transplanter to punch the holes where the garlic will be planted.  The last step is to get as many people out planting garlic as we can so the job  goes quickly. 

As you can see in the image to your right, we have the two of three rows covered after being planted.  I snapped this image so you can get an idea of what the prepared and planted rows look like from a distance.  

We still have some fall veggies growing under row cover.   Lettuce, Pac Choi and Broccoli are still happily growing under the row cover.  These cold hardy veggies can handle some sub freezing temps, but row cover helps trap the heat of the day and raise the night temps by 6-8 degrees.  This will be enough for us to finish the crops out until mid-november.  After that we will roll the row cover up and store for early spring crops.

Wire hoops under the row cover help to hold it away from the plants.  Heat is more efficiently trapped under the row cover when there is a raised “roof”.  This creates a small greenhouse effect.  We also are using some of the winter firewood to hold the row cover on.  It is amazing how easily this stuff will blow off if it not properly secured. 

As a final order of business for the day the two youngest boys along decided it would be great fun to use a jump rope as a tow cord.  The little plastic car came rumbling around the corner as Joe and I were covering the last of today’s transplanted garlic.  In the car was Johann squealing in excitement as Jake pulled him behind his bike.  I was just waiting for the thing to flip over, loose a wheel, etc.  I remember when I was that age.  Absolutely no fear.