Hello. I wanted to give you a quick update on the garlic season here. Last year, I offered some encouragement to anyone interested in planting their own garlic. I have been meaning to give you an update on ours-here it is. I will of course show you our harvest at the end of this year's garlic season (probably late July-ish).
Here is our garlic patch right now. Fairly weedy, which isn't a great thing. It would have been a good call to add some more mulch early season, or at least do some more weeding. We do have a couple of nice sunflowers coming up through, so good thing we didn't do too much weeding!
These super cute curlicues (Yeah, that is how you spell it-I looked it up.) are called garlic scapes. You can find them at some farmer's markets and farm stands.
At this point in the season (and up until bulb harvest) you should harvest these scapes from growing garlic plants. Just cut the scape off, or bend it and snap if off. If you leave them on the plant, they take energy from your totally awesome garlic bulb that is growing underground.
So, harvest them, and wait for it... Eat them! You can use them any way you would use garlic. They smell & taste great! Kids seem to love them. They are fun to harvest, and if you see them at a farm market, they are generally inexpensive and fun for kids to pick a few, and possibly sample whatever dish you use them in. (One can hope, anyway.)
Here is a shot of our first kale harvest of the season. I swear, I have a really awesome garden harvesting basket (rescued by my mom from a potential life in the trash) but I am going with the nice looking plastic grocery bag for harvest tonight-makes for nice blog pictures. I am going to try this recipe tomorrow (if the children's vomiting stops, that is.)
And one last quickie. Here is some basil. When growing basil, pinch leaves and stems from the plant regularly to encourage bushy growth (and lots of leaves). When it starts to flower on the top, pinch it off. This keeps your basil growing and tasting delicious. Also, many recipes state to use just leaves, but consider using stems too-they have lots of good taste in there!
Happy harvesting (hopefully)!
Oh, I linked to Amy's Bloggers' Garden Tour too. Good gardens there to scope out!