My little bed of garlic turned out to be quite productive this year.
& while I intentionally planted “doubles” in order to get smaller bulbs (they keep better), well, they weren’t exactly smaller.
I’m not complaining… Just surprised, is all.
I wasn’t in my own garden much this year.
Work, depression, fatigue…
My gratitude for the rain that came, for the weeds which provided moisture retention, & the owners of the land who took off the scapes.
The Ukrainian & Romainian varieties yielded the most bulbs.
Above are 52 stalks of the Ukrainian variety.
Quack grass roots. Hrumph. This will go into the cull pile to be eaten right away.
I’m digging my garlic late, & this is one of the reasons why getting garlic out of the ground in time is important: the garlic begins to sort of “grow out” from its skin.
And the skin on the stem can separate from the bulb…
Fortunately, there were only about 8 culled bulbs out of about 150.
That means plenty for seed, sharing, & through Winter & Spring!
Clinging to a buckwheat leaf wrapped around a garlic stalk was this gorgeous snowy moth.
I asked an ornithologist friend who is also a, um, moth-person which type of moth this was…
Virginian Tiger Moth!
Thank you garlic!
Thank you earth & elements!
& much gratitude & thanks to all you readers who for whatever reason, brings you to this blog.