Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Pics of the crop

Ok, as promised here are a couple of pics of the garlic.

This is Elephant Garlic and it gets really big. I just spent some time going through the rows and snapping off the flower stalks that will shoot up at this time in the growing cycle. If you don't snap off that stalk, the garlic bulb will end up very small as the plant will put its energy into making the flower. By snapping the stalk off, the plant puts its energy into the bulb and they can get as big as softballs.

I have about 550 plants this year and they all look really good so far. Harvest should be in another month and it appears that I may have some prize winning bulbs. We have had good rainfall this year and the temps has been nice & cool.

On another note, I attended the small business workshop put on by SCORE, an arm of the Small Business Administration, last Friday. Lots of information to comprehend. I'm glad I went; there is so much I still need to do to get this little venture off the ground. It'll be a challenge but I have a goal: I need to get my business plan written by July 1. As it turns out, the Jaycees are having a contest on Business Plans. Top prize being $5000. That would go a long way to finalize the web page and all the legal matters. Wish me luck!


At 12:24 PM, Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Good luck, Mark. That's really cool. How long does it take to cure the garlic...?

At 4:06 PM, Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

The plants look great. Good luck launching the business.

I haven't checked in your blog in a while. You've gotten a lot accomplished in a really short amount of time.

Good work!


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