Garlic harvest

Friday, July 06, 2007
I've been recuperating from a minor injury these past few days (more than the sliced finger I mentioned in the previous post), so Michael had the honor of harvesting this year's crop of garlic. We grew enough to fill a large cooking pot -- 36 heads in all.

I enjoyed the process of brushing away the soil and revealing the papery, buttery-colored skins underneath. We laid all the bulbs on a cookie sheet where they'll remain to dry. With each passing day, they're showing more reddish color. It's as if they're blushing, now that they're exposed to open daylight after eight months of comfortable cover under the soil.

A fragrance of garlicky freshness is permeating every pore and crevice of our apartment. It's a strong scent, but it doesn't bother us. We know these little orbs pack the powerfully pungent nuclei that will ignite months of mouthwatering meals to come. The scent just makes me hungry!

Aren't they beautiful?

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Blogger Barbara said...

Hi Christa thanks for dropping by my site. What a wonderful garden you have.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh, what yummy garlic! I can almost smell it. It really is beautiful. :-)

So sorry to hear you were under the weather. Hope you're feeling better today.


8:38 PM  
Blogger kate said...

They are really beautiful ... I love the smell of freshly-harvested garlic, although I've never been around quite that many. That's a great harvest!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Muum said...

looks wonderful.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Kylee Baumle said...

They really ARE beautiful, and I can just imagine the scent wafting through your home. You know, as a dental hygienist, there are some odors that bother me when I'm working on patients and some that you might be surprised that don't. Garlic and onion are two of the don'ts! LOL!

12:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

They are so beautiful! Wow! Some people argue that growing organically yields ugly produce. One look at your garlic proves those people wrong.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! Congratulations on such a beautiful harvest!

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they ARE beautiful! Great photos. The "blush" is so pretty.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh said...

They look beautiful!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Celia Hart said...

How satisfying - cleaning up the garlic bulbs.
And what a harvest you have!

hope you're on the mend

8:36 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Christa, they are beautiful! I need to get ours picked soon. It's all garlic that never got harvested last year, so each bulb that sat in the ground is now making 5 or 6 bulbs, probably small due to cramped soil space, but still...garlic. Yum!

I love your photo of them in the baking tray. So purty.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thanks, everyone, for sharing the joy of my garlic harvest. Dawn and Celia, thank you for the well wishes, too. I am on the mend and plan on getting out to the garden again today. I'm sure there's going to be lots of weeding to do!

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Christa, I am in awe of your splendid garlic. And gutted with envy, because the weather has destroyed mine utterly!
Nothing like gardening to teach you patience, acceptance and humility...

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're beautiful, Christa -- you inspired me to dig up one of my own just to see if it was coming along OK, and it's really pretty! I'm in the process of trying to dry it -- how long do you usually let it sit and dry before you consider it to be ready to go?

2:48 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Hi, Genie,
I usually let them sit for about a month. You could use them right away, though. It's just that when you first harvest them, they have a lot of moisture inside. I think the flavor intensifies if you let them dry out for a while.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Yes indeed they are beautiful! I bet they are tasty as well.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Whyite said...

Yes they are very pretty Christa. You've inspired me to grow garlic this fall.

11:32 PM  
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