Garlic harvest in 2016

Garlic harvest in 2016
Music is on the left and Inchelium is on the right

I am so glad I planted garlic last year.  It is such a great feeling to finish a garlic  harvest… or usually most any successful harvest.  That feeling of accomplishment, but also the awe in the connection to how life begins, grows and has purpose.  Can you tell I just came in from the garden and am happy!  It was  great garlic harvest in 2016.

 

So on to thegarlic harvest in 2016 single large bulb recap of the process and the bounty.  I harvested four varieties of garlic.  Two I got from Filaree farms and two were bulbs I saved from last years harvest.  The two I had saved were Music (porcelain type) and Inchelium Red (artichoke type).  The two I got from Filaree were purple stripe and Iowa German white (porcelain type).  I had asked for Kilarney Red and they ran out so they substituted something I have labeled as just Purple stripe… and  unfortunately it did the worse of all of them.  I can’t necessarily blame the variety… they were in the second to the last row and its possible the water or sun didn’t get to them as well.  The best was the Music… I just can’t say enough about that variety.  Big nice big white heads.  The middle two (German white and Inchelium Red) were similar in size.  The German white was strong with good solid heads.  The purple strip was perhaps in the ground a tad too long… because the necks were already starting to dry out and I accidentally pulled the leaves completely off these as they just had weak connections to the bulb.  Those I will have to eat quickly as they wont be able to cure like the others.

Garlic harvest in 2016 drying in greenhouse
Garlic harvest in 2016 drying in greenhouse

All the varieties are now hanging and drying in my greenhouse.  We don’t have anywhere else for them to go right now to dry and I worry a tad that they will  get too much sun.  But this is the Pacific Northwest and our sun usually inst too bad.  And it isn’t direct sunlight on them.

 

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