Rather than sweating my bum off on the bicycle this hot and steamy weekend, it was time to bring in all the garlic, before the predicted rain which is now quietly falling. So that’s what I did and it took both days of the weekend. And I still sweated my bum off.
This was the first of 4 or 5 wheelbarrow loads. It’s bulky because of the long flower stalks, which I leave on for the curing period. I still think that leaving the scapes in place is the way to go, especially after this year’s crop. The bulbs which had their scapes pulled are consistently a bit larger, but not all that much. Last year’s crop, which got this same treatment, kept well into the spring. Leaving the plant to its own devices feels better to me. Plus the little bulbils, I now know, are well worth having and planting.
I guess I really did overdo it on the planting last fall. But this is the nicest garlic I’ve ever grown. Hopefully it will cure nicely over the next few weeks and I can imagine things to do with it, other than giving it to friends and to fellow gardeners for planting.
So that’s what I did this weekend. Woot.