Today I got a pot of beans started on the stove and reached into the drawer for a head of garlic. What did I find? Four heads. Just four heads of garlic left from my first garlic harvest. I knew the supply was dwindling, but I had on some level allowed myself to imagine a little magic going on in my kitchen – a drawer that never emptied, home-grown garlic always at hand.

Luckily there’s another kind of magic happening out in my yard. Ordered in September, planted in October:

8 oz German Red Garlic
1 lb Music Garlic
8 oz Premium Northern White Garlic
8 oz Purple Glazer Garlic

Although it’s double what I planted last year, and enough to keep the vampires away for sure, I’m making a mental note on this snowy January day that there’d be no harm in planting a little extra this fall.


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