August 8th, 2011

Harvesting Garlic!

I had one of those Real World Gardening weekends, by which I mean I got absolutely nothing done in the garden. Sure, I harvested a few tomatoes and dug a couple of potatoes, but the real world took precedence over my wish list of things to do.

What did I do that was so great that I couldn’t plant a fall crop of Kale? It’s sort of a long story, so I’ll just blame it on the rain. You see, I play in a band called Tin Bird Choir (yes, I’m that much of a geek that I named the band after a Wendell Berry book, A Timbered Choir). So we had this gig at a festival and were supposed to play from 3:30 to 4:15. I figured I’d be home by 6:30, have a nice dinner with my wife and kids, and all would be right with the world.

But the rain pushed everything back three hours. I didn’t get home until 9:30, by which time my beautiful children were already in bed and sound asleep. So I feel like I got ripped off.

But you’re not here to hear me complain about my weekend. No, you’re here to see pictures of the garlic I harvested a few weeks ago. I tied them together and have them hanging on my porch.

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According to our Garlic Growing Guide, you should cure garlic bulbs by hanging them for about four to six weeks in a shaded, dry, and preferably drafty area. Did you grow any garlic this year?

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Comments

    I had a marvelous garlic harvest!! I dry mine on an antique herb drying bed, which is just like a screen. Mine are all spread out and the hens like to sit on them and think that they are all their eggs. :) Some fists were HUGE!!

    I sure did, harvested 80 to 100 of them, I live in Southern CA. I didn’t know the proper curing, thanks for the tip.

    I did plant garlic this year – for my first time. Grew them in a large pot so was able to move them during our ongoing, torrential rains! However the bulbs are very small but tasty. Will leave some in the soil for another month to see if will get bigger. Gardening is all about experimenting – love it!

    This was my first year to grow garlic and you’d have thought I invented it by how excited I was. The bulbs were a nice size – not huge, but better than at the local farmers market – and they were mellow in flavor. Definitely planning to do this again!

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