Monday, July 11, 2011

Garlic harvest



Our hard-necked garlic harvest has happened just in time - we're down to a few small heads from last year's crop. To me this counts as a modest but proud success: we are self-sufficient when it comes to garlic. It was the first crop we planted at Mucky Boots, and it's one of our favourites. Even to someone with almost no sense of smell, there's a huge difference between fresh home-grown garlic and the shriveled, mummified stuff from China we used to buy at the grocery store.

Who needs a bouquet of flowers? This'll do for me.

10 comments:

Holly House said...

That's awesome! Congrats on being garlic sufficient! Ours should be ready soon, though not nearly as prolific as yours!

Paula said...

Me too! I'm still working off the stuff I harvested last summer, but this year's is a little way off. I could probably harvest, but I don't have time!

Having your own garlic is really wonderful though. I didn't buy garlic one this past year.

Here's to garlic-self-sufficient!

Flartus said...

The grin on your face says it all!

Doc said...

Nice harvest! With the cool wet year we have had I was beginning to think we would never be able to harvest. It is all dug and hanging thankfully. Love that garlic

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

That's great, Miriam! Back in my country, most of the dishes for a lunch or dinner are prepared using garlic. It is a country thing. When I came here, I missed it a ton. The food was different, good, but rarely spiced with garlic.
It took me a while to include more garlic in our diet.

One question: are you going to let the leaves of the plants dry out and braid them (with the garlic heads on)? It looks so neat.
xxx

PS - Your idea for my mowing outfit made me laugh. It would be quite fresh and colorful, though.
Love ya!

Miriam said...

It's hardneck garlic rather than softneck, so it wouldn't braid very easily. So we'll let it cure for a couple of weeks until the necks are completely dried and closed, and then we'll cut the heads off. It seems to work pretty well - last year we had one or two heads that went a bit moldy, but the rest were all fine!

Toni aka irishlas said...

I LOVE this picture!

ruralaspirations said...

I planted some garlic on a whim last fall after visiting the farmer's market. I have no idea when to harvest it, but was told to wait until the leaves had all dried and fallen down. I hope ours looks as good as yours!

backyardfeast said...

That's a photo worthy of celebration! Wish I knew your gardening secrets, Miriam, you always seem to be harvesting a week or two before me. :) ! Ours is on it's way, but I'm a little worried that I didn't stop watering soon enough. As long as the rain holds off...

Wonky Girl said...

Wonder if I can grow Garlic in AZ? I'll have to google and read about it. Yours looks so great, I'm jelous.

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