Garlic-Rich at Harvest Time

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Back in March, I wrote a post about planting your own garlic crop.

This garlic clove will become a whole head!

Well time has done her proverbial thing and we've harvested a fine crop of garlic - about 40 heads in all. Hopefully, it will be enough to last us the whole winter.

It was deeply satisfying to pull their papery purple and white heads from the ground, all covered in clingy black dirt. And it is truly luxurious to cook with this new garlic -- so tender, so fragrant, so delicious.

Here are some pix. If you are not already addicted to growing your own garlic, I'd suggest giving it a whirl next year - it's ridiculously easy and the rewards are rich.

Our crop of garlic plants early in the season

Once we'd planted the cloves, the plants shot up quickly - almost overnight!

Heads of Garlic From Our Harvest by Eve Fox copyright 2008

Just a few months later, they were ready to harvest. A close-up of the heads just after being yanked out of the ground.

Our Garlic Harvest (Unwashed) by Eve Fox copyright 2008

The bounty!


Garlic Drying On Outdoor Table by Eve Fox copyright 2008

Drying on the table on our deck after washing.

Garlic Drying On Outdoor Table by Eve Fox copyright 2008

A close-up of the drying heads of garlic.

3 comments:

patrick kane said...

Did you eat some of the greens in the Spring? So good....

Eve Fox said...

We did! Only some of the cloves we'd planted turned out to be the hardneck variety (which produce those wonderful garlic scapes) but we actually made them into a garlic scape pesto which was very intense and tasty. I think we may have used some of them in a stir-fry, too.

maggie said...

Oooh I am so jealous. What a wealth of garlic. I love the scapes too. Great grilled!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Garlic-Rich at Harvest Time

Back in March, I wrote a post about planting your own garlic crop.

This garlic clove will become a whole head!

Well time has done her proverbial thing and we've harvested a fine crop of garlic - about 40 heads in all. Hopefully, it will be enough to last us the whole winter.

It was deeply satisfying to pull their papery purple and white heads from the ground, all covered in clingy black dirt. And it is truly luxurious to cook with this new garlic -- so tender, so fragrant, so delicious.

Here are some pix. If you are not already addicted to growing your own garlic, I'd suggest giving it a whirl next year - it's ridiculously easy and the rewards are rich.

Our crop of garlic plants early in the season

Once we'd planted the cloves, the plants shot up quickly - almost overnight!

Heads of Garlic From Our Harvest by Eve Fox copyright 2008

Just a few months later, they were ready to harvest. A close-up of the heads just after being yanked out of the ground.

Our Garlic Harvest (Unwashed) by Eve Fox copyright 2008

The bounty!


Garlic Drying On Outdoor Table by Eve Fox copyright 2008

Drying on the table on our deck after washing.

Garlic Drying On Outdoor Table by Eve Fox copyright 2008

A close-up of the drying heads of garlic.

3 comments:

patrick kane said...

Did you eat some of the greens in the Spring? So good....

Eve Fox said...

We did! Only some of the cloves we'd planted turned out to be the hardneck variety (which produce those wonderful garlic scapes) but we actually made them into a garlic scape pesto which was very intense and tasty. I think we may have used some of them in a stir-fry, too.

maggie said...

Oooh I am so jealous. What a wealth of garlic. I love the scapes too. Great grilled!