This is the first bulb we pulled. It was plucked from its earthly womb at about 9:00 p.m. last night -- the only time it was cool enough yesterday to do any serious gardening work.
We decided to pull half of our crop and leave the rest to grow a little while longer. We cleaned these up and now they'll hang in our kitchen for at least a month to dry. In the meantime, our apartment is perfumed by a wonderful fresh garlicky scent. We don't mind it... but I hope we aren't reeking of garlic when we walk out the door!
The garlic is perhaps my most favorite of all the edible things we grow in the garden. There is just something very special about it. Maybe it's because it takes so long to grow. It's hidden under the ground all winter long and we can't see how it's coming along until June. Digging for it is like finding hidden treasures, and once those treasures are unearthed, we'll be able to enjoy them -- one by one -- for the next several months in the dishes we cook. I just love everything about garlic.