Today we celebrate the garlic harvest!
This year I planted four varieties. Chesnok Red is a purple stripe, hardneck. Inchelium Red, an artichoke softneck. Loiacono Italian, another artichoke softneck. Nootka Rose is an heirloom silverskin softneck. I thought I knew which was which, but I did not mark the bed well and now I'm not certain I can tell!
Now that the bulbs are out of the ground, they need to dry up a bit for a week or two. Unlike some other vegetables that "cure", garlic stays out of the sun in the barn where there's good air circulation for this period. Makes the barn smell amazing, by the way!
Then in early August I can cut the stalks and bundle up the bulbs by variety in paper bags. Some I'll share as gifts to friends, setting the bulbs in clear egg cartons with variety descriptions. This year I may try freezing some, as described by Margaret Roach on her A Way to Garden blog.
But most will be eaten! I love garlic, and rarely cook without it! And if you grow your own, you will, too!