Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wordy Harvest Notes: 7/4/12

The big news for this harvest note is definitely the garlic.  I brushed it off outside, then brought it in to cure on the guest bed for about a week and a half. 

When the outsides felt really dry I sorted them into three piles: hardneck (in the mesh bag), softneck (braided on the table), and damaged (in the plastic container).  I only had a handful of softnecks, which were grown a bulb I harvested and stored last year.  There are actually two different kinds of hardnecks, some that I stored and some that I bought last fall, but I didn't keep a record of which was planted where, so now they're all mixed together. 

I was surprised to find that every clove I planted sprouted and resulted in a bulb.  That's pretty good, since some of the cloves were pretty small and I didn't really expect them to do much.  In one place I planted two because they were so hopeless, and in that spot I got two smaller bulbs! 

There were more damaged ones than I would have expected, many of which were broken apart (during harvest?) and some of which just had tiny little puncture holes near the top of the bulb.  I tried looking it up, but I think if I really want to know what happened I'll have to take it to an extension agent.  At any rate, we're going to try to eat them up quickly.  I haven't decided yet if I'll buy new seed garlic for the fall or just plant what I've saved - it probably depends on what I can find out about the damaged bulbs, and how well I think they store.

Anyway, here's the numbers:

60+ garlic bulbs
11 carrots
4 bell peppers
8 chili peppers
1 lb, 2 oz potatoes (I dug up two plants' worth)
handful of sugar snap peas

1 comment:

  1. That looks awesome! I had a friend in Geneva who used to roast whole heads of garlic in the oven and then eat them with good olive oil on bread, like cheese and crackers except more healthy.