Yo, Dear Reader, I checked the garlic I planted as Spring/Young garlic, basically you harvest it just as the bulbs begin to swell, but before they start to divide and long before the leaves die back, and it’s ready. These cloves were far too small to be useful as full fledged bulbs, remember that the cloves are stored energy, the smaller the clove the less energy to grow, but perfect for this. If you’ve never grown garlic the paper exterior is actually the leaves that died back and dried to form that protective layer, before it splits into cloves it starts as a single rounded bulb, different from solo garlic which is grown from bulbils, immature garlic seeds that grow on the flowers that are usually cut, garlic is complicated, Dear Reader, but edible at all stages, the flavour differs depending on the stage. I even saw uncured garlic in the shops today which is strange as the flavour intensifies as the skin dries, these had the stems off too so they don’t die and feed the bulb, but maybe it has something to it. I’ve eaten it, but I prefer cured of young, young is more akin to a scallion, a milder garlicy hit, fresher and refreshing. I had to squeeze every mango to get one that wasn’t rotten or under ripe and I thought pesto would make good use as well as you get a lot out of a little harvest. It’s mostly oil anyway. I used already salted and roasted pistachios, yes I’m being lazy, Dear Reader. This is the Pesto and the other is the Mango Wild Garlic Sauce slightly modified. On the whole it’s an handy alternative to the fiddly basil, weather kills a lot here, Dear Reader and even in the greenhouse basil can struggle and wastes less as those cloves would’ve been discarded anyway. You can see how the leaves aren’t as big and strong as the other garlic. I guess I’ve learned a lot over the years, Dear Reader.
Lots to do yet, Dear Reader, I have Young Onions, leftover onion sets planted close together, you can sense a theme here. The weather is still screwy, but I’ve bought more squash seeds and will hope they start and that we get a long Summer, I’ve bought carrots for throwing over the garlic bed when I harvest that. One year I threw beetroot seeds over the top and left it and had the finest harvest of beet root I’ve never seen the likes of since. I’ve put down tray of peas and turnips so if the squash fails I’ll have a use for the pots at least. I won’t give in, Dear Reader, but you have to accept that the year might not be suitable and just kickback like a petulant child at every stage. I’ve also bough sprouting broccoli as I keep meaning to try over-wintering that and might as well this year. Nature and I have stubborn pigheadedness in common, we both persist regardless of how things are currently going. Nature has the upp3erhand, but it better not underestimate me. Yes, Dear Reader, I’m at the stage where I’m trying to one up nature. Keeps me busy I guess. I’ll be back again later, Dear Reader, until then stay safe and take care.