Garlic Harvest 2014

I finally harvested our crop of garlic that I planted back in April 2014.  You can read about where and what variety I planted in this post titled “Planting time for Brassica and Allium“.

It seems very late in the season to be harvesting garlic, but I checked back to previous years, and the timing is about right.  Mid November here in Melton with our climate.

So how did it all go?

Well, it was the biggest and best harvest ever!  The raised garden beds in the front yard are producing the biggest and best produce on our Suburban Food Farm.  It must be all the sunlight that area gets.

You can see that they have a bit of dirt on them, but that is intentional.  When you pull a bulb out of the ground, just dust off the loose soil and allow the bulb to dry.  You do not need to wash them.

Garlic Harvest 2014

So much garlic, and each clove that I planted survived through the year and produced the most wonderful bulbs.  I also found a disused dog bed that I gave a scrub with warm soapy water that is the perfect place to dry off the garlic once it is picked.

I keep it under cover until the tops fully dry, wipe off the layer of skin that has the soil on it, and then I twist off the bulb and store in a wicker basket in the back of the pantry.  If you are wondering how we store it, check out this post titled “How to store garlic“.

Garlic harvest 2014 - Australian Purple Garlic

Australian Purple Garlic

As you can see, this Australian Purple Garlic is amazing.  It produces a decent sized bulb, which is about the size of the palm of my hand.  It also smells amazingly earthy.

There is nothing quite like cooking with fresh garlic.  It is fat, juicy, peels quickly, and crushes easily with the blade of a large knife.

And the flavour?  Well, simply put, it is sensational.  It brings whatever meal you add it to alive with garlicky goodness.

Who else grew garlic this year?  What was the result, and were you pleased with the flavour?

TGoG Podcast 090 – How to Reduce e-Waste

Listen to the Episode Below (00:21:19)

How many of you have old electronic goods lying around, or just dump them in landfill?

I am certainly not one to judge, as I have bought a few computers in my time.  However, I dispose of and recycle my computers and electronic goods as responsibly as I can, or at least attempt to extend their lifespan as long as I can by adding new components or get them repaired.

You don’t have throw them into landfill you know.  You can give them a second life or put them to work again.How to reduce e-waste

Links mentioned during this episode;

Lately you can get devices repaired as there are so many mobile device fix-it shops popping up all over the place.  We have two of these shops in our new shopping mall that I noticed in the last few months.

So next time you think about getting rid of an electronic device, have a think about where it may end up.  Can you repair or upgrade it instead of replacing it?  It is a much better outcome for your back pocket, and the environment in the long run.

Gavin Goes Green to Save Planet

I enjoy raising awareness in the local community about simple/sustainable living.  One of the best ways is to get your mug into the local newspaper.

Sure, the headlines are usually corny, but hey, who cares?  Any press is good press as far as I am concerned when it comes to promoting lower consumption, simplicity, and growing your own food.

A big shout out goes to my friend Emma from The Off Grid Solar House for organising the interview with the Melton Leader.

Gavin goes green to save planet

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Not a bad little story, if I do say so myself.  Hopefully more folks will reach out in my local community.

Don’t forget that if you do live locally, this blog is a great free resource documenting local growing conditions if you want to try growing your own fruit and veg, or even keep your own chooks.

I always answer any questions left in the comments section.  Also, if you would like to book a Climate Reality presentation, please get in touch via my contact page.

Finally, due to some personal issues, this weeks podcast will be recorded and published tomorrow evening.  Sorry for the delay.  It will be well worth the wait.

So what do you think?  Does the story get the message out there, or am I kidding myself, and sound like a neo middle-aged hippy?

Over to you.

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