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Jan 20, 2017 9:10 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
It's time to start a new thread and although there is nothing happening above ground in the garden, there is plenty going on under the 3 ft or more of snow that we have. That's right, it's easily 3 feet deep and in some places where it has drifted, much more! Here is a look at last year's garlic and onion rows. Garlic on the right was planted in the fall of 2015 and grew roots all winter. Onions on the left were started from seed and set out about a month before this picture was taken.
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The garlic harvest was good and in the fall I replanted way too many cloves. They are now under straw mulch and also under that 3 feet of snow, happily growing roots. I can probably sell most of it at the co-op and have told our produce manager that and she was pleased. We always have had to buy garlic from California because there has not been enough local garlic. Mine sold well last year. I also sold onions at the co-op and plan to do that again this year.

This winter has been one for the record books and it's only about half over! We have pushed, blown and shoveled snow for weeks! The piles are very big and it's a good thing we put them way out away from the driveway and buildings because our space is getting smaller and smaller. The snow blower has been a Godsend but it is not quite big enough to do everything we need to do with it. Next spring or summer we might be shopping for a larger one and selling this one to a neighbor who has a smaller tractor and a very challenging driveway! Ryan, our good neighbor just down the road has come twice to shovel snow off roofs, and Rick keeps his driveway clear as much as possible. Always first he has to clear ours in order to get down the road to Ryan's, and at times the county road between us is impassible. We are so thankful that Ryan is working for the new owner of the ranch where I helped with cattle and did midnight lambing duty for about the past 18 years. He and his wife have been able to keep living in the old ranch house where his wife grew up.

Click to watch this new thread for whenever new information is posted. It may be a while, winter is not through with us yet. Meanwhile, seed and flower catalogs are keeping me busy dreaming.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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