When I started this blog a couple of years ago, one of my first posts (maybe the second?) was about my favorite tools. One of those favorite tools was my old wire lawn chair. I found a new use for my chair/tool today. It’s a garlic dryer!
Some of this garlic is too small and will be replanted. (Some has already been replanted).
It was all started from seed, some two years ago and some three years ago. I did get some nice bulbs though, and the big ones all went through the larger rectangles on the chair’s back. The smaller ones went through the spaces on the seat. The chair is in the shadiest place on the property, the patio behind the big oak tree in the front of the house. The sun will never reach it there.
It’s important to keep curing garlic out of the sun, as I discovered on my return from Crescent City last week. I had put the chair with the first batch of dug garlic in the shade of the apple tree, but one bulb had fallen through the grid, unobserved. I found it when I got back home. It had fallen where it was exposed to the sun and it looked almost as if it had been frozen. Sunlight adversely affects curing garlic, so it’s important to keep it out of the sun as it is drying.
I have a bit more garlic to gather, so it’s good that I have room on the chair to slot it in!
When this garlic has dried a day or so, I’ll brush the dirt off the roots and let it continue to cure for several weeks. And then, I’m going to attempt braids for the first time. This is the first time I’ve had enough garlic to even try braids. And I don’t think I’m going to be buying any $3/lb garlic this winter, so yippee!