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Part of Friday morning was spent harvesting in the Garden. The Broccoli is coming on now. The Chard and Spinach are getting almost daily pickings. I need to plant more Radishes this afternoon, as we have pulled the majority of the row we planted.
We are still having the cool rainy season that a lot of others are experiencing. The beans are growing a bit, but they should be much farther ahead.
The Garlic bed looks fantastic and the Garlic Scapes are coming. We love Scapes and they look so awesome the way they curl.
We eat them raw, we very lightly steam them and sometimes fry them a bit with sesame seeds.
Each Garlic plant sends out a Scape – if we want the bulbs below ground to be as big as possible, we need to cut the Scapes off when they appear. We have over 400 Garlic bulbs planted, so we’ll be eating a lot of Scapes. I will likely pickle more this year as we are running low.
If we make sure we cut off every single Scape when they appear, we’ll have a quite a few bundles of nice big Garlic this Fall.
We like to always have a bundle of Garlic hanging in the kitchen. I tried to braid it, but it’s hard necked Garlic and I found it hard to do. I just wound some baling twine around them tightly and called it “Done”.
I’d like to try and make up some prettier braids, maybe with ribbon and rafia and try to sell some. This year I will try to set aside some time when they are just harvested to do that.
Yesterday I gave the Basil plants a really good trim. Basil will try to flower any time now, so I try to give it good regular haircuts to keep the flowers at bay. I wrote about Preserving Basil here – it is very easy to get it ready for the freezer this way!