|Fresh from the soil|
I LOVE having a balcony. It's even south-facing *gush* I have been experimenting with what I can grow. Garlic turns out to be one of those things - Hurrah!
|Cleaned up and eaten sliced thin in a salad the same day it was pulled out of the soil! Soft skin and all. Delicate.|
I have also been rather successful with sage (some leaves pictured with garlic above), thyme, mint, rosemary and strawberries. On the flower front, I enjoy having some geraniums around, as well as lavender for when I hear the south calling...
What I did:
- I found out by accident that December is the time to plant the cloves. It happened to be December, so I went to the kitchen and grabbed a few cloves from a shop bought fist of garlic. Then I shoved them a few centimetres (couple of inches) deep into the soil in a big herb planter, making sure to leave some growing space between them and that they were pointy end up.
- I watered them and waited.
- I watched the leaves carefully and pulled them up mid-June.
- I ate some straightaway, we couldn't resist!
- I cured the rest by leaving them out of the sun in a well ventilated dry spot.
- They are quite small, only an inch or so wide (a couple of cm) but good things come in small packages.
|Brush off excess soil and leave somewhere dry out of the sun to cure.|
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