Sylvia Path, a local poet once said, “She stared at her reflection in the glossed shop windows as if to make sure, moment by moment, that she continued to exist.” Hopefully all, including our gardens continued to exist through this heat and humidity. And hopefully all enjoyed their Fourth of July celebrations. The trick was to keep cool and shaded. It was a perfect time for garden reflection; maybe you managed to squeeze in more than watering and pulling out a few weeds.
So here’s the quick Monday tip – it’s for those who planted garlic last fall. Yes, more reminders (taken from one of my past blog posts) when picking your cloves.
- Gently dig around the garlic stock to expose the head. You can see if it formed and is ready for picking.
- Don’t let the heads split apart, exposing the individual cloves. The garlic will not store as well.
- Dry the heads on an old screen, keeping even air circulation or you can hang them until the entire garlic plant is dry.
- When drying your garlic heads, keep out of direct sun. It should be a dry location; not a damp area. If you leave garlic to dry in a sunny location, it must be carefully monitored so do the stress-free technique and keep it out of direct sun.
- Save about a 1/3 of your garlic in a cool, dry place for your upcoming fall planting.
And as we venture off into the work week, remember these words by Bryant McGill. “The outer world is a reflection of our inner selves.”
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