2017 Something New: Garlic

             A few years ago, a nice lady gave me some garlic to plant.  I knew nothing about it, but I had a small budding herb garden and I found a place to put it.  It was early fall and she said to plant it now and I should be able to use it in the spring.

            Believe it or not, it came up!

            By mid-summer it was it was dead – or so I thought.  Like I said, I knew nothing about garlic so I was completely surprised when it reappeared in the fall.  What was I supposed to do with this stuff?  She had it growing outside the house and it covered one side of a shed waist high.  I had a small plant or two and no ideas. 

            I dug up one plant to see what I had, looking for the traditional globe with cloves inside –  it looked like a green onion.  I put it back in the ground, apologized, and gave it water.

            This year they are back and began to curl and put out a seed pod.  This top was what I was given to plant.  I found out they are a head of tiny garlic grains that can be used whole and unpeeled in place of minced garlic. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/advice/a18057/growing-garlic-460709/

            I still have not harvested the garlic and let it dry like I should.        

            In my tiny herb garden, I have Rosemary, Lavender, Dill, Chives, Garlic and enough basil to take care of the county.  It comes up from seed dropped the year before, even in the cracks of the concrete.  If I had some tomatoes, I could make a killer spaghetti sauce. 

            Anyone have any tomatoes in the Enid area?

 

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About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, three-time published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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