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Harvest greetings from Beagle Ridge.

Is fall finally here? With 90 degree temperatures and no rain I am wishing for a wet winter to replenish the gardens and the poor water table.  Temperatures are a bit more seasonal at this writing but you know what they say wait, 10 minutes and the weather will change.

Well regardless of the weather, this coming Saturday Oct 6th will be Garlic Thyme at the farm. Be sure to join us for the day from 10-5 or stop in anytime for a wide variety of
activities and to take advantage our HUGE Plant sale.

Yes, fall is the perfect time to plant! The ground will be warm for quite a while and that allows the roots to get established even though the herbaceous material (plant tops) will be going dormant, the plants will get a head start on next summer. Plus since the plant doesn’t have to produce any top growth all the energy will go to the roots.

See, a perfect time to plant perennials. Plants will be 25-50% off (which will make all plants regardless of the size $3.00 a piece- what a steal!). There are a few plants which will not be available – my stock plants for next year but other than a few of them we have a large variety of plants which would love to go home with you.

Garlic Thyme is a perfect time to thank old friends and lots of new ones for supporting Beagle Ridge over the years. If you haven’t been able to visit this summer, try to come this
Saturday as we close for the season on Sunday Oct. 7th. Yes we still have Saturday classes scheduled for Oct, Nov and even Dec, but except for special activities and several groups who have scheduled visits we will be closed to the public.
We will be hosting boy scouts, girl scouts and even a hiking group once we close so if you need a unique location for a group meeting, keep us in mind and we can tailor a program just for you.  We presently have a winter tree ID hike in the works-let’s see how good your identification skills are with NO LEAVES on the trees to help you.

I have had lots of question about the schedule for Garlic Thyme this Saturday. Here goes:

Around 10:30 we will have a garden tour and for those of you who have joined us before and know the gardens as well as I do, Gregg will lead a hike to see the fall colors, ducks and
critters at the pond and return on the woods walk trail.

At noon-ish, we will have lunch. Pre-registration is required for lunch. It is $8.50 a person and will include Garlic soup, and Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic (or Baked Ham for you non- garlic lovers), vegetables, dessert and a beverage. If you would rather bring a picnic lunch, by all means come and join us.

Class schedule is flexible, but they should start around 1:00 and last 45 minute - an hour; we will start with harvesting some herbs from the garden for the cooking program a bit later.
I will also cover drying, freezing and preserving your herbal harvest. If you grow herbs you need to know how to use and preserve them!
Planting Garlic will follow and we will actually plant some in the raised bed area which presently houses Scarlet runner beans. We will cover how to grow your Garlic, what to expect over the winter (it is a winter crop after all) and then how to harvest and store it.

By this time, you should be ready for cooking with Garlic and Herbs and of course tasting what I will be demonstrating. Recipes from lunch will be shared and you will get to nibble on a variety of goodies as I prepare them with fresh herbs from the garden as well as dried herbs. I will also be making some vinegar and dipping oils/sauces – lots of tasting here.

Finally, I will be demonstrating making an herbal wreath and decorating a garlic braid (last year’s garlic).

We will have a 2 hour wreath making class on Oct. 20th (along with bow making) should you want to make your own creation to take home. We also will have a propagating class that day- learn how to get free plants by growing your own from pieces( cuttings from a friends garden) in this case our gardens.

By the way fresh Garlic braids are available $16.00 each and they will be usable until next May (never happens in my kitchen-we eat too much).

Hope you can join us, please remember to let us know if you will require a lunch (we need to know how much to plan for), but no registration required to come for any of the other
Call 276-621-4511 or email me at beagleridge@gmail.com and we
hope to see you Saturday, Oct 6th
Ellen and Gregg