A nice shot of the garlic we harvested. Yesterday was a lovely afternoon and we were outdoors clipping the necks and root ends as well as brushing off the excess dirt. We have been growing this garlic for the past 20 years. It’s origin is a German White hardneck variety and after 20 years of selection we have bulbs that are nice and firm, with large cloves and the skins slip off with relative ease. It keeps well, and has a robust flavor!
When choosing which bulbs will become the “seed garlic” we always look for those that have the largest bulb with the fewest amount of cloves. They must be sound, with no blemishes or cracks. Only the best of the crop becomes next years garlic.
While clipping merrily away I suddenly shouted out…my arm had a huge wasp attached to it! Yikes. I swatted it off my arm but it had laid a nice sting on me. Thankfully we have a ‘lawn’ filled with broad leaved plantain. This wonderful herb when chewed slightly is a remarkable healer. I slapped on a bit of the macerated herb and the sting was gone in less than a minute. Once many years ago while traipsing through a field my daughter who was about 7 at the time stepped on a hornets nest. She was stung in 12 places and pretty disconsolate. I found some plantain and covered each sting and again, within a minute or so she was fine. Thankfully.
These few garlics all have an unusual thing going on that I’ve never seen in our harvest. They are skinless on some of the outer cloves and opened up rather than nicely tight around the central stalk. I’m not sure why, but these will definitely not be in the mix for replanting. They are fine for cooking and will in fact be in the ‘use first’ category.
I hope you are having a great day. Here my day is off to a good start. I found some money that I ‘hid’ from myself in my sock drawer 🙂 This may not be the best thing for a person who can be absent minded, but even though it was my money to begin with, it feels pretty sweet to have an extra few bucks. Has anyone else ever done that? Do you sometimes ‘find’ money in a pocket or the laundry?