The strawberries haven’t quite stopped all other play in the garden but they have certainly kept me very busy. Not only have I been spending over half an hour every day picking kilos of them (one of my colleagues, another keen gardener, couldn’t believe his ears when I said I had picked about four kilos just on Saturday and Sunday), but I’ve also been very busy in the kitchen.
Tonight it was the turned of strawberry and mint cordial, followed by crumble using the fruit once it was done with being simmered for its juice. I’ve also got both plain strawberry jam for my daughter and the same with rhubarb for myself – and the freezer is full of the rest that will be processed at a later date.
And I can’t forget the strawberry sorbet…
Anyway, a job I did yesterday which has nothing to do with strawberries is to take up the garlic which had been growing in the hugel bed built last November (I’ve got more elsewhere which I’ll take out another day). I’m pleased that it did well, in spite of any possible loss of nitrogen in the soil due to the act of decomposition underneath.
However, many of the bulbs seem to have grown bulblets. If it had been just one or two I would have presumed that two of the bulbils they grew from had been planted together. But up to three extra mini garlics on the full bulbs?
I’m going to save these little treasures and replant them next year. Which makes me extremely happy, considering the garlic didn’t flower and produce bulbils from the flowers this year. I’ve got a few bulbils growing into next year’s garlic crop but not enough to keep us for twelve months’ supply in the kitchen.
I am curious as to why the garlic appears to have produced differently now. Perhaps it is because it has naturalised in my garden. Or perhaps this is a normal phenomenon when growing from bulbils. I guess the thing to do is see if it continues in the future….