Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Harvesting Onions and Garlic

Hammers, saws, wrenches, onions and garlic.  Wait 'til Darryl sees what I've done to the tool bench!

It's time to harvest the onions and garlic.  The garlic tops are drying out and turning yellow.  The onion tops are flopped over with dry tips.  We were hoping to leave them in the ground a little longer as we are sadly lacking a cool storage place.  However, in talking with other gardeners they cautioned that leaving them in the ground too long once they're ready may lead to dry or wet rot.  So, out they came. 

Harvesting garlic is new to us.  What we've learned is, that just like onions, it's important to dry them in a dry, dark well ventilated spot for 10 to 12 days.  This can be done by laying them out on a screen or hanging them up.  Hanging them over the tool bench seemed like the perfect spot.

Once they're sufficiently dried, we'll shake out the dirt, trim some of the tops, and take out any damaged onions or garlic for immediate use (those with bumps or scrapes are most likely to spoil quickly).  Exactly where and how we will store them for the long haul remains to be seen. 

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1 comment:

takaeko said...

I took 1 week summer vacation and made trip to a resort which is famous for the beach and seafoods.

I put photos and comments on " the escape from jobs and daily chores".