Saturday, June 06, 2009

~ Garlic Harvest Time ~

The garlic is ready to harvest , we were planning to dig today , but we had rain yesterday , so it maybe to wet. If the sun comes out early , it may dry up enough to dig , we'll see.

I'm considering starting a garlic farm , we love garlic , it's easy to grow and would provide extra income. I think it would be wonderful to have a family farm. I grew up on a family farm , my Granddaddy raised tobacco. He farmed tobacco , to pay taxes on the farm , but it also provided extra income for most of his kids and grand kids. It was a family business , my grandparents , mom , dad , aunts , uncles , and all the kids helped harvest the tobacco , prepare it to hang in the barns and take it to the market. It was a learning experience for us grand kids , we had to earn our money , it wasn't just handed out. I'm thankful I was raised this way and hope to teach my grand kids the same principles.

Granddaddy raised his tobacco without pesticides , he would give us grands a reused food can to put tobacco worms in. One of our (grand kids) jobs was to go down the rows and pick the cut worms off the plants by hand. He would pay us for each worm we harvested.

.01 ~ small worms

.05 ~ med worms

.10 ~ large worms

We would fly down those rows , trying to out do each other of course. It was fun and we learned so much from the experience. Of course his tobacco farm was small compared to days farming operations , just 2 or maybe 3 acres at the most. We loved working in tobacco , as it was called , it was family time. I would love to provide the same family values for my grand kids , family working , laughing and learning together.

~ Family Blessings ~



Piecefulafternoon said...

When we lived in CA we planted our garlic on the shortest day of the year - and harvested on the longest - we did a "harvesting garlic dance" - singing and waving garlics about - it was fun. Looks like you are having a grand time gardening.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi JoAnn ,
The garlic dance sounds like fun , we may have to give that a try.

~ Blessings ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

What is the garlic dance?
Mmmm. I wonder if you can
find it on youtube?lol!

I want to do the Garlic Dance!
I wonder if it is anything like
the chicken dance?lol!

Dd showd me her online farm.
Her aunt got her started on it.

God Bless You and Yours!!!