|First batch just pulled, ready to be hung in breezeway|
|Large, full heads!|
|Each garlic plant is tied onto strong baling twine put up in a zig-zag configuration in the hay area of our barn. This tying process is time consuming, but it is also extremely satisfying - I get to admire each and every beautiful, fat, garlic head. |
|About 250 heads of garlic!|
The next step after curing is trimming and cleaning each head. The long tops are cut off just above the head, the bottom roots are trimmed close, and a soft brush is used to gently clean any residual dirt clinging to the head. Then it is time for good eating or storing in a cool place for planting in the fall (called seed garlic).
I have been planting my own seed garlic for at least seven years, and the heads are larger and more uniform with each passing year.
Stay tuned... some of this fresh, organic garlic will be offered for sale later in June.