They are starting to sprout. Ut,oh! The garlic in the garden is starting to come up and the garlic in the cool pantry is starting to sprout. Yes, it is time to do something quick before it is too late.
I had good plans to make garlic powder and can some garlic bulbs in jars last winter but alas, it didn’t happen. Though the weather is still spitting snow on occasion, the garden is wanting to get started. So this week when moments allow, I am going to dry all of my left over garlic cloves. No wonder you want large cloves. The tiny ones are a lot of work for what you get. Hopefully this year I will have more size on my bulbs. The process is the same thing I do if my onions start to sprout or if I have some wanting to rot. I cut the good parts off and dry them. ‘Waste not want not.”
This being my first time, I took the largest bulbs and broke them apart into cloves with my hands.
Then I used my wonderful antique garlic press to press them slightly which helps separate the paper covering from the garlic. A much easier method than doing completely by hand.
Then I chopped the cloves into pieces and put them in my dehydrator. Next time I’m going to chop into smaller pieces. They would turn to powder easier in the blender.
I did a pint and half of powder. Won’t last long as we LOVE garlic. As I think back probably should have saved some of the dried, chopped pieces for later. Once powdered the potency will start to wane. The rest of the cloves will have to wait as other projects need done but I will return after the weekend.
If you think all I write about is gardening, it has been true lately but will change. Hopefully I will get a chart made this weekend outlining my plans for variety. If we get the carpet pulled from one bedroom, old tires we are no longer using in the garden hauled to the dump will other garbage cluttering the yard, the bucks scurs chopped off, and the little kid goats wethered.
Plus somewhere in there I need to learn to transfer videos from my phone to the computer for this blog. Wish me luck. A month ago I switched from flip phone to smart phone. Not an easy transition for this old lady. Hubby is next. At the end of the year our flip phones will no longer work with the phone service because of upgrades. Ouch, going from 50 dollar phones to smart phones is not cheap. But the bright side is that the videos are on the goats and I’m sure will upgrade this blog tremendously will the insertion of moving pictures so stay tuned, maybe an old dog can learn new tricks. Otherwise I’ll yell for our oldest techno child to push me along.
How much garlic do you grow? I have no idea when enough is enough. I have 50 plants peaking through the ground so far. It is Music garlic so not large in size. Or mine isn’t so far. I did learn that next fall I should mulch the newly planted cloves with old hay. It is suppose to give you larger bulbs. If it is anything like what it did for the apple trees this last year then large bulb here we come. The bad part is I have to wait a whole other year to find out.