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Time to plant garlic on the farm. And wait 9 months

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

Jenifer has been going through our garlic seed stock to see what we have available to plant.

As much as it pains us, we set aside our best looking and biggest bulbs that we harvest in June to replant for next year’s crop. It is hard to take a huge, beautiful bulb of garlic that is almost perfect, divide it in to cloves, and then sink them 11/2 inches into the earth and then wait 9 months to see what happens ...

This fall, we are planting 27 pounds of six different varieties we have been accumulating over the years.

Right knee gone rogue

I was finally convinced to go see a doctor about my knee pain. I have not been to a doctor in over 15 years. I don’t have anything against doctors, just have not needed to see one. Mule-headed, some would say.

For the last 12 or so years, my knee would flare up two to three times a year, an uncomfortable reminder I was no longer 29 years old.

For the last five weeks, it became a daily practice of ice pack, ibuprofen, knee brace and whining. Last Friday was about my limit. My knee woke me up at 5 a.m. wanting some ibuprofen. I ate two Zesta crackers to coat my stomach and 800 mg of ibuprofen, another 600 mg at 9:30 a.m. I am thinking, whoa, too much of that stuff.

Being mule-headed, I go and push a wheel hoe through the late planted spinach and then get on the tractor and bush-hogged.

I have never been accused of being smart or bright.

Jenifer, in her infinite wisdom, had scheduled an appointment for me. I got a needle full of cortisone in my knee and it seems like it is working wonders.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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