A challenge to myself: next week I will be writing to you about the garlic being planted. As of now, all of it is "cracked". This means that the heads have been broken into individual cloves. Each one will then be planted and will become a whole new head of garlic! For the upcoming season, I went a little wacko and selected a bunch of varieties. In addition to this years Music (the milder) and German White (the spicier), I have selected Russian Red, German Red, Inchillium Red, and just a touch of Oregon blue. We will have to do some flavor comparisons next summer to see what's what. They all look beautiful though. The Russian red has smaller cloves, easier for piece meal consumption. The Inchillium red and the Oregon Blue are "soft neck" varieties. This means that the center talk of the plant (or the neck) will be soft. Soft enough to make beautiful old-timey new time garlic braids. I am excited about that.
Now all that's left is to finish preparing the beds, add a little compost, and get those suckers in the ground.
In other news, tomorrow is Halloween. I probably shouldn't say this, but eat a lot of candy, and then sooth your stomach with some fennel. It is a know digestive aid. Just a heads up.
See you guys soon!