I have never been much of a gardener and not a lot has changed. In fact the word ‘harvesting’ in the title may be a bit of an overstatement. However I just wanted to share that I had my first foray into gardening last year and this year I have continued.
Last autumn I planted some garlic and have been delighted to gradually watch 10 plants grow up. I was unsure when to harvest them and understood it is when the plant starts to die off. So it was with some trepidation that I pulled up the first plant – to find a perfectly formed garlic bulb at the end. How exciting! I must admit I am beginning to understand the joy of gardening!
I dried it out for about a week and the used the first couple of cloves in the green pesto sauce I made yesterday. I was also amazed because the clove’s skin is red, although the inside is white. I suppose it must be the particular variety. Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed using it in my cooking!
Last autumn I also planted a blackberry bush and a gooseberry bush. My blackberry bush now has a few berries, most of which are red but there was one large, outstanding berry that was black. Too good to leave to the birds, I decided to try it. Well it wasn’t the sweetest (I should have left it a little longer perhaps) but it was very tasty! I realise it is still a little early for blackberries!
Anyway – there we are. Any advice about growing garlic or blackberries, gratefully received. I hope soon I will be blogging about my potatoes and my tomatoes!!