Well … my backyard had quite a crop of volunteer garlic this year. Only I didn’t know that’s what it was. HAHA I’ve only lived in this house about three years, and I would see the stalks come up out there in the summer, but assumed they were green onions, which I’m highly sensitive to and cannot eat.
So yesterday I was over at someone’s house and they took me out to their garden to show me their garlic. I was like “oh, THIS is garlic?” 😉
Well I came home to have another look at mine, and then decided to do some reading on the Internet to find out the best time for harvesting garlic. Then I went back out to have another look and realized that mine looked like it was ready! The leaves had turned 2/3 brown and the seed pods were opening. I went ahead and pulled one, opened a bulb, and lo and behold … perfect, gorgeous cloves. I nibbled one (just to be sure it really was garlic because I still didn’t trust myself – HA) … perfection! Some spicy garlic too!
So I pulled about twenty bulbs and hung them to dry downstairs, though I may end up taking them outside in a shady spot. It’s best to keep the stalks and roots on while it dries, keeping it out of the sun to avoid blanching.
Anyway, looks like my family and I will have at least a six month supply of fresh, home-grown garlic in front of us. MMMMMM!
I’ll post a pic later –