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One At A Time

Posted 6/24/2010 6:17am by Ray.

It’s how we grow garlic.  One at a time.  That sounds like a Napa Valley cliche.  Except that it really is true.  24,548 cloves of garlic split from their mother bulbs, one at a time.  Plant them by hand one at a time.  Weed by hand one at a time.  Cut the scapes by hand one at a time.  Now we’re pulling them out of the ground, brushing the dirt from their roots,  and putting them in the barn.  By hand.  One at a time.

Harvest is a grand time, despite it being hot and humid.  It’s a thrill to see the product of any crop, but especially something like garlic.  We monitor it all year long and even pull samples now and then, but we don’t really know how big and healthy the bulbs are going to be until we dig into the soil and they come out of the ground.  It’s kind of like Santa Claus came to town.  And this year either we were good boys and girls or he goofed and came to the wrong farm.  We’ve only pulled 3,936 bulbs and some of our favorite kinds are still out there in their mulch wrappers, but so far we’re smiling.

Inchellium Red is looking very good.  Lortz Italian is huge.  Music has that gorgeous mother of pearl sheen.  Even the Korean Red turned out well, and we thought it would be a total loss.  A lady who bought some at Krankies said she roasted it for dinner and “it was like dessert!”

 That helps keep us going as we dig and pull and store the other 20,612.  One at a time.

Tags: Garlic
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