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Curing garlic

Hanging garlic to dry.We left rather abruptly on our trip to Ohio last week, so when I got home I expected to see the farm in disarray.  Honestly, it wasn't so bad --- a few deer nibbles, a few Japanese beetle clumps, and some weeds were the big problems in the garden.  Our garlic, though, needed help.

I had tossed our garlic harvest into boxes in the bathroom to dry, turning the plants upside down so that the bulbs popped out the open box tops.  Unfortunately, my box method didn't allow for enough air circulation, so some of the leaves had started to turn slimy when we got back five days later.  Oops!

Since garlic needs to be out of the sun when it cures, my new method is to hang the clumps under the porch where they'll get lots of air.  As an added bonus, now we don't have to worry about vampires coming in our front door!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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