In my 6/8/12 post, I mentioned some gardeners believe the garlic bulbs will store better and longer if the scapes are not removed.
Decided to do an observation. Below is the result when I checked the garlic yesterday.
Left, garlic scape was not removed, instead, left to mature
Right, garlic scape was removed at the bud stage.
The above garlic (variety: music) were harvested on the same day last June and stored under identical conditions
The garlic where the scape was removed at bud stage did not store as well as the garlic where the scape was left to mature. However the differences were not that great so I think I will remove the scape at bud stage and enjoy them (garlic scapes are delicious but only available for a short time). Also the garlic cloves where the scape was removed at bud stage were larger.
Decided to experiment with freezing garlic.
Frozen peeled garlic
Left, uncooked. Right, cooked.
I like the frozen cooked garlic a lot, it blended easily into whatever dish I am cooking and I could use it frozen.
Did not care for the flavor of the frozen uncooked garlic (wasn’t bad, just seemed a bit stronger than fresh) and I must remember to thaw ahead of time if I want to slice or mince.
Conclusion: The frozen cooked garlic is convenient to use and I need not worry about spoilage.
I will cook and freeze most of my garlic this year leaving only a small amount for using raw.
Fig tree starting to leaf out
The weather forecast for most of last week was overcast and some rain but no frost. So even though it was a bit too early, decided to wheel my fig tree out of storage and onto the driveway (where it will remain) to harden off.
Because of the extended overcast weather I did not have to wheel the fig tree in and out of the garage while hardening it off, thus saving myself a lot of time and energy. But because there is still chance of frost, I will need to keep an eye on the weather forecast for the next few weeks and cover the tree if frost is in the forecast.
Remember the scilla I posted last Monday?
Deer came through and ate all the flowers, (every single one) for dinner or was it for breakfast?
This is what I found (left photo) when I went to get the newspaper Tuesday morning.
You guessed it, I was not a happy person
The only unprotected spring flowers the deer will leave alone are the daffodils and the helleboros (will post photos at a later date when they bloom).
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