Ah, I love the smell of garlic in the morning. We’re at Kayam Farm in Maryland as the band is getting back together for our Southern leg of the trip. We spent the morning organizing the bus according to our needs and writing letters to ourselves for when our journey ends.
Our hosts are Rivka and Casey. Rivka beautified the bus by adding a valance to our curtains, made by Elizabeth’s mom, and touching up some paint on the outside of the bus. In the afternoon we helped our wonderful friends plant garlic. The soil was rich and shined of mica. Our hands smelled of garlic. Garlic, the magical medicinal plant of the ages. She’s known to be great for fighting the flu and have anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It’s still warm enough for garlic planting, so if you haven’t done it yet, get out to your garden! In case you don’t know how to plant this member of the Alliaceae family, let us explain:
- 1. Divide dried garlic bulb into cloves.
- 2. Depending on you region, dig a hole, we dug a fist depth or around 4″ deep, we live in an area with moderate winters.
- 3. Plant clove, root down, and cover with soil. Cover bed with hay for the winter to keep the cloves warm.
- 4. The garlic will be ready to harvest in August! To save for next season just keep some in a dry dark place until it’s time to start planting in the Fall.
Another exciting moment of the day came in a monumental new acquisition of vegetable oil! Ed, an avid amateur radio operator and grease connoisseur gave us 30 gallons of used oil. Ed operates a mobile communication center for several organizations and inspiring projects. In addition to sharing his treasure trove of oil, he blessed us with some insight into the workings of amateur radio communication across the country and the possibility of non-commercial grassroots communication. This is shaping up to be quite an incredible journey!