I am estimating around 23 lbs from our 4 bushes. I had pruned them back this year thinking we wouldn't get as many. I was wrong. I will work on making some syrup and jelly. Whatever I can't get too will be frozen and tossed into smoothies throughout the year.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Winecap Mushroom Spores
I have always thought it would be cool to get mushrooms from the backyard. I bought some winecap mushroom spores from Field and Forest Products and built a box with the salvageable wood from an old garden bed.
I filled it with free municipal woodchips and followed the instructions from the company. Hopefully I will see some mushrooms in the fall!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
How to Braid Garlic
I pulled all my garlic a few weeks ago, because the last few years I have had issues with the cloves starting to separate and not storing well. I had enough that I wanted to try making a few garlic braids to see if that would also help prolong the storage.
I found this nice video tutorial from Gardenerd.com and watched it several times before I got started.
First, I sorted my garlic into small and large piles and found some yarn and a piece of garden wire for each braid.
I trimmed the roots and brushed off any dirt.
I twisted wire around one large and two small cloves to get the braid started.
I began to braid the garlic. This is similar to doing a french braid with hair. Add a piece of garlic and fold to the right. Then add a piece and fold to the left. I had to restart several times because the garlic was stiff and it was hard on my hands. If you are unfamiliar with french braiding or need a better visual, watch the video above from Gardenerd. I used the yard to tie up the top and create a loop for hanging.
Over all I found that this was fairly difficult to get right and will require a bit more practice to get nice looking braids. I am out of garlic, so that will have to wait until next year. I ended up with three imperfect but functional braids.