Growing a baby and growing garlic take roughly the same amount of time.
I had the realization last night as I was roasting up the garlic that had taken nearly 9 months of tender care, waiting, and longing to grow. That is a much awaited bite of garlic bread.
Two nights ago, I realized it was time to harvest these puppies. After consulting
YouTube and Google some gardening experts I learned that garlic is ready to harvest when the tips of the leaves brown and after the scapes have come up and been harvested (for hard neck garlic anyways).
Digging up the bulbs was harder than I thought. It took some real muscle. My son thought it was very exciting to play “farmer.” I don’t blame him. It’s not every day you get to dig up delicious eats out of your backyard like these.
These babies? HUGE! I didn’t plant elephant garlic, but they remind me of that variety.
Of course I had to enjoy some of this beautiful garlic right away. I found a very simple Roasted Garlic recipe on allrecipes.com. All you do is roast the garlic cloves with some olive oil for 40-60 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Viola. The smell was so delicious I thought I was going to pass out.
It was time.