Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I grow garlic!

From this...
to this...
Here is the progression; from this, to this, to this!  I planted garlic seedlings, purchased from Armstrong's Nursery in Temecula some time ago, maybe in early February?  Second photo, in the third row background, see the garlic plants growing?  Bottom photo, the end product, my first garlic crop.  The kale is done with, all went into delicious green smoothies; in fact, I tried kale chips which some folks suggest. 

Kale Chips:  Tear leaves into large pieces, sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt; bake in the oven until crispy.  The chips were indeed crispy, but the taste?  Too, too, too! organic for me.  I should have maybe tried again and adjusted the seasoning...  Do you think?!  I'll stick with smoothies for now. this! 
As for the onions, well the onions have hit a bump.  This is my first time attempting to grow garlic, or kale and onions for that matter.  I am still trying to figure out what grows and how they grow in this Temecula climate; very cold winters; extremely hot summers.  Last week there was an unexpected, extreme fluctuation of temperatures, from very hot to very cold, which caused the onions to begin bolting; my poor Walla Wallas became confused and two of them sent up flower shoots.  (I only planted 5 onions, you know.)  The books say, pull them if they begin to bolt and use them as soon as possible, and so I did.  The onions I pulled are perfect and well-formed but my dreams of very big round sweet onions...

So today, I have a chopping board full of garlic cloves.  A good handful of unpeeled cloves, I have frozen.  I have a small bit of garlic pulp chopped up ready to cook with, and the rest of the crop are pictured here.  Poor Papa!  Ray's reaction:  "Looks like garlic! " he says with pride, always a big fan of my accomplishments at home and in the garden.  "Eeewh!  Smells like garlic!"  (Such a discerning nose he has.)  I think the kitchen smells cozy, he thinks the kitchen stinks of garlic; and so it does!


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