Big, beautiful garlic, and a book draw

Mary Ann & garlic

Mary Ann Moran, good friend that she is, credits my book, In Pursuit of Garlic: An Intimate Look at the Divinely Odorous Bulb, with helping her to grow good garlic. Enter a draw for your very own copy: send me your name at the end of this posting. The draw will be made August 15, 2013

That’s my friend Mary Ann Moran above, proudly showing off her garlic, harvested in mid-July. That seemed early to me, so when she sent me her pictures I ran out to check my own crop. Yes, most of the plants looked ready, meaning some of the lower leaves were browning with the top ones still a healthy green. Usually I don’t harvest garlic until at least the end of July, sometimes early August. Maybe our hot weather brought them on quicker.

Many new growers of garlic think there’s some kind of magic in knowing when to dig it up–you need a talent for “reading the leaves,” as some wit once said to me–but I think it’s really a matter of checking the leaves regularly for browning, which I didn’t do this year because I’d sworn off gardening for a week after our most recent garden tour July 14. Woe to me–while I was watching TV the weeds grew with abandon and the garlic ripened! So now I’m dealing with them both. Continue reading

Soup, beautiful (garlic) soup

garlic soupThis is the actual bowl of garlic soup I slurped up for lunch today, and I made it from scratch in less time than it would take to thaw and heat a container of frozen soup.
It’s good for you, being chock-full of healthy and disease-preventing garlic, and it tastes heavenly, like a stronger version of French onion soup.
My friend Pat Maitland–a talented TV producer, story editor, and scriptwriter who worked with us on “Canadian Gardening Television” many years ago (@PatMaitland)–passed it along for my book In Pursuit of Garlic (click here for an excerpt). There are many more garlic recipes in the book, including a treatment for toenail fungus, but I’ll let you find that one yourself. Continue reading