The Procedure for Harvesting Garlic

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Useful items:

  • 1 bunch of garlic.  Dug up, and hung to dry in a dark place for about a month.
  • 1 old toothbrush.  For gently brushing away dirt.
  • 1 pair of scissors.  For cutting away the stalk and roots.
  • 1 cool drink.  Cucumber gin and tonic, plum tea, etc.--use is self-explanatory.

Procecure:  Cut stalk from bulb.  Lightly brush away any dirt that clings, being careful to--in as much as it's possible--not disrupt the thin, papery layers of the garlic bulb's skin.  Use scissors to cut excess roots.  Wrap bulb in paper (optional), and store in a cool dry place.

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This year's garlic harvest is a little abysmal.  I'm calling it "The Ducks' Revenge" because they ate a bunch of my tender garlic sprouts last Fall, thus the poor numbers.  This coming Fall I think I'm going to plant a double sized bed of it.  We use it so much, it keeps so well, and (if you discount the ducks) it's pretty foolproof to grow.