One of the last must-do fall chores has been crossed off the list! 486 garlic cloves planted and mulched. I like saying that number! Compared to some friends who plant garlic, that is nothing. But it is the most we’ve ever planted and this time, for the first time, it was all our own seed garlic. Plus we have enough cleaned and stored for cooking to last until spring, at least.
Another bulb that we are developing an interest in is Camassiah Quamash. Apparently a staple that Native Americans used like a potato, this little bulb is in the lily family. When Ed ordered them he didn’t know that some versions are poisonous (the white flowers) and some are edible (blue). Since we don’t know whether the bulbs we ordered are the right ones, we’re holding off eating them until we see a bloom! The reason for experimenting with them is that they fall into the highly sustainable category because as a perennial they will self-perpetuate. Hope they taste good. But if they don’t we’ll have a lovely mat of flowers down near the pond.