The 2012 season so far

A very good year for garlic! This garlic has the roots trimed, next stop in the corn crib where it will hang to dry for a couple weeks. Then we sell it.

A very good year for garlic! This garlic has the roots trimmed, next stop in the corn crib where it will hang to dry for a couple weeks. Then we sell it.

There are two surprising weather differences so far this season. First, we had a very mild winter. Then we had an early spring with the fruit trees blooming and the honeybees working but then along came a late freeze that killed the young fruit. Due to this early freeze, there will be very little local tree fruit available in Iowa this year. Our friends at Webster, Minnesota, Sweetland Orchard, think they might have a 10% crop. Our friends at the Berry Patch, east of us, also have very little tree fruit.

The early spring meant that we harvested garlic about 3 weeks early; by June 18 it was all hanging in the corn crib drying. Other crops like red potatoes are early too. We harvested garlic last year on July 11 and the two years before that on a similar date in July.

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