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Harvest: Garlic

This year's garlic harvest: the worst in YEARS. Thanks to an onslaught of pouring rain in June paired with my forgetting to toss a row cover on the garlic beds (since they were just at the stage where one stops watering them), the entire Chesnok crop was wiped out (turned to mush) and a good portion of the rest. It was, however, interesting to see what DID survive from a scientific perspective. The Chesnok loss was a drag as I've been replanting the cloves each year that originated from a farmer in Clatskanie 5 years ago, but the big winner of Garlic Survivor was..."Music". A last minute grab I got out on Mercer Island last fall, it was by far the most reliable, hardiest, and biggest heads. It's definitely an easier harvest compared to the massive amounts I grew on the farm (final harvest there shown below...)! Soon to come...mincing and canning (nope, I don't store these) - and of course, saving a few heads for fall planting...

“Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime. Old garlic, burnt garlic, garlic cut too long ago, garlic that has been tragically smashed through one of those abominations, the garlic press, are all disgusting. Please, treat your garlic with respect.” ~ Anthony Bourdain


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