- 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.
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.