Lotsa people plant gardens and store for for emergency use. Few people include garlic. It is one of the essential food groups I love along with olive oil, chocolate and Parmesan cheese.
Last year we tried planting a pound of garlic as an experiment. It went well so we decided to plant 6 lb this season. Planting happens in November, about the only thing happening then. And not much to do over the winter but let it germinate and grow. We covered the beds with straw. Then we waited
We had planted 6 pounds of garlic in the beds. We watered a few times when it was hot. Mid May we trimmed off the garlic scapes which made for some fun dinner additions and in mid June we harvested over 120 garlic bulbs! We cut off the tops, trimmed and washed off the dirt, and laid them out on our patio table to dry off a little.
We bundled them up and hung them from the basement rafters in cooler dry air to season. Should be ready. We hope to use some bulbs for replanting in the late fall.
As for the chocolate, I will just buy and keep in storage.
We spent this past week doing deep cleaning in the house. Perfect time since the arctic blast we had this past week made it more fun to be inside than out. The house has suffered from all our travels. Now, every room is refreshed, things we don’t need anymore went away and still more to come. Spring cleaning came early thanks to cold weather. We also found and hired a house cleaner to maintain what we have now even whilst traveling.
Feeling very uplifted in this endeavor. Also a bit sore and worn out.
We laid to rest a good friend recently, one of the reasons we returned early from last travel. Anandi was a very good friend and how she lived her life was uplifting to both of us, and inspired us to increase our meditations and other spiritual activities. A life well lived
So now we rest a bit as the temps begin to warm and make it fun to be outside again and we get back out for some bike rides