First, the word or two about garlic. It looks like a good garlic year here on marvellous Martha’s Vineyard, provided you planted your crop last fall. And mulched well. The last weeks of little rain have been just right for maturing the bulbs without splitting them and has lessened the risk of outer wrappers molding in too-damp soil. If your plants are still in, and if about half the leaves on your plants have turned color or dried up, it’s a good time to pull those plants and dry them. Spread them out in the shade somewhere, in a location with good airflow. In a few weeks, when they’re all dry, brush the worst of the dirt off, whack off the tops, trim the roots, and your bulbs are ready to store in the “cool dry place”. Don’t forget to select out and reserve your most beautiful bulbs, for replanting this fall.
It was almost eighty degrees (F) at Five of the Clock this morning. On hot days, it’s good to be active early, take a siesta midday, and then to enjoy the shade and cooler temperatures as afternoon shadows fall. One of this morning’s activities was an eleven-and-a-half minute trip in the yard and garden, looking for color.
“Color was to be found.”, he subjunctivated.