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Today I finished the garlic harvest, before it got too hot out there. I took out 11 more heads of garlic from my garden, digging them out and cleaning them off.

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I cleaned off most of the dirt and brought them in to braid them together and hang them to cure. My first garlic harvest.

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We did OK. Only one of them had a nick in it, and I will cross my fingers and hope it cures.

I decided to hang them in our mud room bath. This bath isn’t used, as it was put there for the previous owner to use after coming back from working. A shower right off the garage, so he wouldn’t mess up anything upstairs. We just use the guest powder room, so this room is closed off, dark and ready to handle garlic curing.

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Painted by hand, the previous owners made this a picture of a fall garden, and here is how the garlic looks, all hung up.

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I will pull the towels away once the garlic dries, so I don’t mess up that painted wall. Our mud room is just whimsical and fun. Reminds me so much of how pretty the gardens and wooded areas are. Like this shot in the bath.

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And, on the other side of the door, just off the garage, the spring time version.

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Doesn’t let me forget that we live in a beautiful part of the state. Trees, flowers, veggies, herbs. All right off my door. Now, I can’t wait to enjoy something else I planted way back in October. I know this is one veggie I will plant again.

Look carefully. These are heirloom varieties. Some are white, some are red. All organic. Grocery store garlic won’t grow, as they are treated with a sprout inhibitor.

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At least I have one major success from my garden this year. Now, fingers crossed for the tomatoes.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

4 responses »

  1. Pretty (and so clean) garlic! My folks braid their harvest as well. I roast mine (and this year, I remembered to save out the biggest heads to plant in the fall!) and will use the heads I get in the CSA box as fresh garlic, but will have roasted garlic available for the next year. It just melts into a dish and I love that.
    Your mud room is delightful!

  2. I began my garlic harvest last night, still need to decide how to cure. Hard to figure out in a 1 bedroom apt with no outdoor area besides the community garden 1 mile away. I can’t really leave it out since we are supposed to have storms. Maybe the bathroom will work for me too. Any suggestions?

    • Do you have a closet large enough to have a heat/air conditioning vent in it?

      The bathroom may not work if it gets all steamy. How about a powder room, again placing the garlic above or below an air vent.

      I put mine on the towel rack directly above the A/C vent, and have the vent slightly open. That room, with the door closed, hovers around 78-80 degrees, which is the temp you want.

      And, you want dark as much as possible, with no direct sunlight coming in.

      • Shockingly my apartment has one closet total, no pantry, no linen closet, nothing for coats. Maybe the top of my kitchen cabinets will work, they are about 11 feet in the air and close to the ceiling but there is room for some board games and holiday décor up there (we are very short on storage). The one vent is right above so that should work, plus heat rises. Thanks for your help!


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