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Garlic-Planting, Growing, Harvesting


My garlic bed, growing in the spring.  The fencing panels are still over the beds, put there to keep digging cats and scratching chicken out.

(I told you in a previous post that this was way too much garlic to plant for our use.)


One of my favorite vegetables to grow is garlic.

For whatever reason, there are some vegetables that I have a hard time growing, .  This is probably one of the reasons that I so enjoy growing garlic.  Garlic always grows so well for me, and I love using it in my cooking.  Also, the growing of it does not follow the usual ‘plant in Spring, harvest in Fall’ like so many of the vegetables that I grow do.  Those planting and harvesting times are  always such busy seasons, and there are always some things that don’t get planted, or tended to properly, or even timely harvested.

(Merry, my sweet garden partner.  Between the garlic rows are a good place to hide-he thinks)


Harvested garlic, dried and ready to cut.


Readying a bed for planting-

Digging in a couple of wheelbarrow loads of chicken coop cleaning.


Planting the garlic in the short cross wise rows.


All planted, mulched with straw, and covered with fencing.

I only planted 3/4 of the raised bed this time!  I’m improving.


Tips for planting garlic

  • The planting of garlic must be timed right. The right time is in the fall, about 4-5 weeks before the first hard frost.  That is about Halloween for us here in zone 5.  The garlic needs to be in the ground and put some roots down before the ground freezes.  It is okay if it starts growing a little, it won’t hurt it.  Garlic is the last thing planted in the garden for me, and is kind of symbolic of the end of the garden year.  When the garlic is planted, I feel like I am done with gardening for the year.
  • Use crop rotation, do not plant garlic in the same place as the previous year.  Crop rotation is a good tool to use to help prevent diseases and pests.
  • Garlic is a heavy feeder, that is why manure or a time release fertilizer should be applied at planting time.
  • Break apart the garlic bulb into the individual cloves at planting time, leaving the papery skin intact.
  • Plant with the pointed end UP.
  • Plant each clove 3-4 inches deep
  • Space each clove 4-6 inches apart.
  • Space rows about 10 inches apart, or the space that is easy for you to weed around.
  • Mulch the new planting to keep the garlic nice and cozy over the winter, and weed free.
  • If there is no rain, water the newly planted garlic.
  • The garlic should take off growing nicely in the early spring, keep it weeded and mulched
  • The ‘ scapes’, the curled ends of the garlic stalks that grow in early summer, should be cut off.  They can be used in cooking, giving a mild garlic taste.
  • In the summer, when the outer stalks begin to brown off, it is time to dig the garlic.  Knowing when to dig garlic is usually kind of tricky-you want a nicely formed bulb with a number of green stalks still covering the bulb.  That time, for zone 5, is around late July/early August.  If you wait too long to harvest, the bulb will break apart.
  • Brush the dirt off, set the garlic bulbs in a dark, dry place and let them cure for a few weeks.  After they have dried sufficiently, you can cut the stalk off and store them, or if they are soft neck garlics, you can braid the stalks and hang them to store.  I store my garlic in open brown paper bags.
  • When it is time to plant garlic again in the fall, select the biggest bulbs for re-planting.
  • Enjoy cooking with your homegrown garlic!


Psalm 119:151

Thou are near, O LORD;

and all thy commandments are truth.


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Faith isn’t some sort of a mystical thing,

Or the words of a beautiful creed;

Or prayers that are penned by talented souls,

That people stand up to read.

For faith is the power that prompts us to go

And give to the hungering, bread-

Oh, faith means more than a doctrine or two-

For faith without works is dead!


And faith doesn’t mean to be kneeling all day,

With a lifting of prayerful hands.

And faith isn’t something that makes the great God

Comply with our mortal demands!

But faith ties its apron and goes out to serve

The masses that need to be fed.

Ah, faith means more than a murmured prayer,

For faith without works is dead.


Faith doesn’t pass by on the Jericho road

When a brother lies bleeding and hurt,

But stoops and pours oil and wine in the wounds

And lifts the poor man from the dirt.

And faith doesn’t sit in the synagogue seat,

With glittering gear on its head

Or strut in garments with widened hems-

For faith without works is dead.


Then give us, O Master, the faith that will go

And minister day after day,

Will even accept the arms of a cross,

If best it may serve in that way.

A faith like the Shepherd’s who went for His sheep,

Through red were the rocks where He bled.

Oh, faith means more than a doctrine or song-

For faith without works is dead!


The Missionary Worker

James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead,

so faith without works is dead also.


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Pecan Dump Cake


Pecan Dump Cake


One of the recipes that I made for our Thanksgiving meal was a Pecan Dump Cake.  It was very good.  It reminded me very much of Paula Dean’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake that I like so well.  Gooey in the middle and crunchy on the top.

Pecan Dump Cake

6 Tbsp. butter

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

2/3 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1 1/2 cups hot water

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Put butter, cut into chunks, into a 9×13 baking dish; put dish in hot oven to melt butter.

When butter is melted, remove from oven and sprinkle pecans over butter.

In a med size mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, milk and vanilla.  Stir gently, do not over mix.

Pour the flour batter over the butter and pecans.  Do not stir.

Sprinkle the brown sugar over the batter.  Do not stir.

Carefully pour the hot water over all.  Do not stir.

Bake at 350 degree for 35 minutes, until golden brown.

Let cool, and cut into squares.

Store covered.


James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom,

let him ask of God,

that giveth to all men liberally.

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The 2016 Presidential Election

Thoughts on the 2016 Presidential Election


It is our family tradition to gather at son Matt’s house to watch the result of the presidential election.  This year there was an exceptional interest.

In my memory, there has not been an election that has garnered as much strong emotion like this current one has.  All 5 of our children and their spouses and children, plus a few friends, were gathered together, to enjoy a meal together and watch the results.

We watched with great interest and increased happiness as the evening progressed.  I voted for Donald Trump and was very happy with the election results.

I am still very happy as I see the nominations being made and the choices being made.


Uhh, there was one in attendance who didn’t much care about the results-as long as his belly was warm and full and he was being held, all was good.


I have been surprised, even shocked, at some of the opinions of others.  The losing, liberal side is expressing their shock, sadness, and misery at who our president elect supposedly  is.  They are expressing how frightened for the future they are, and I realize that there is a lot of fear mongering and false information floating around. Social media has done a great job at spreading all kinds of information.  There is much truth to be found there, but also many outright lies.

Donald Trump is NOT a racist.

Donald Trump is NOT a sexist.

Donald Trump is NOT bigoted.

Donald Trump is NOT homophobic.

Donald Trump is NOT  islamophobic.

And many do not want to see the truth.


Already, much of the fear mongering has proven untrue.

Donald Trump is not a Godly man, but neither is he Godless.  And I believe that he can and will do a good job of leading our nation.

The reasons that I voted for Donald Trump-

  1. Donald Trump is a successful business man and has proved himself in that area.
  2. Donald Trump will help the economy of this country by keeping and bringing jobs to America.
  3. Donald Trump is excellent at delegating to those who will get things done, and done well.
  4. Donald Trump has a fine family.  His family has stood solidly with him, through the election, and before.  Any man who can work successfully with his family and be close knit with them is high in my book.
  5. Donald Trump will not be ‘politics as usual’  We have certainly had enough of that in high office.  The Clinton Foundation is a good example of political abuse of office, and it is a shame.  I believe this is why so many politicians hate him- they are afraid of him, as he cannot be bought or be beholden to anyone.
  6. Donald Trump’s personal wealth does not make him dependent on others.  I believe that he will make decisions that are best for the nation, not for political cronies.
  7. Donald Trump will select pro-life Supreme Court Justices.
  8. Donald Trump will keep are nation secure and stable.
  9. Donald Trump has proved himself a tireless worker, and he has stated that he will work hard for the country and us.

May I say that I am happy that my adopted state of Pennsylvania broke with years of tradition, and voted Trump?  Thanks, PA!

I am very happy for the direction that this great nation is headed.

Congratulation Donald and Melania Trump!


May God Bless America.


Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;

and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.



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Lots of snippets and photos from our family Thanksgiving…


The children carved the pumpkins that had been used for the fall decorations….they will go to the chickens next!


Pretty fall candle holders from the Jr. Sunday School class.


There were 50 of us!  (A hall was rented to accommodate everyone)


Waiting for the meal.


The preacher prayed.



There was WAY too much food-all so good!


Full plate.






Grandma was the oldest at 86….(she does NOT like her picture taken, thus the look!)….


And the youngest, Thomas, 3 months.


The children’s table-it was also a coloring table.








And there were the traditional Indians in attendance!


We were treated to an impromptu choir singing for us.











The dish washing crew….they did a great job!….


and the supervisors.


Grandma’s famous chocolate-mint cookies.  Will share the recipe one day.


An interesting pumpkin cake.


Lots of delicious pies.


I made these-pumpkin pie bites-they were awful, and won’t be making them again.  I was thinking that small hand-held pie bites would be easier than a piece of pie for the children.  A flop.


I also made these-pecan pie dump cake.  They were very good, and will share the recipe later.


So thankful for family and time spent together.

I trust that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  May God bless you all!







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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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