Harvesting garlic with child

11 Nov

Remember when I planted garlic under my roses, then Jerry shattered me with the news that it was infected with some virus, and it was all doomed?

Well now I scoff!

Because I pulled it all up over the last week, and I have a bountiful garlic harvest. I don’t seem to be able to count the bloomin’ thngs without muddling myself up and losing track of where I’m up to, but I think I have about 150 bulbs of garlic.

I think that some of the garlic could have used a week or two more in the ground, but as they started to die off I had a nasty aphid infestation go through, and I didn’t want to spray them with anything, so I thought I’d  just get them out.

I started initially to hang the bulbs on one of those sock and underwear drying racks with lots of pegs, but I quickly ran out of room. I then moved onto the clothes lines under the cover of the car port.

Some of the garlic is huge.

Some of it is small.

But most of it is about the size of the stuff you get in the supermarket, and I’m really chuffed!

Now I promised you two exciting things this post, so hopefully I won’t disappoint. My slackness in posting lately is because I’m 12 weeks pregnant with #3. I’ve been super tired this time, but thankfully (miraculously) not sick! I’m taking every puke-free day with thankfulness, knowing it could change any time and I’ll be back to dehydration and hospitalisation like with the other two. They say every pregnancy is different, but I really didn’t believe it.

So I’m feeling enthused again, and as I’m home today with a quarantined  preschooler, I thought I’d replenish the rose bed after the garlic harvest. I’ve deadheaded the roses, fertilised with dynamic lifter and mulched heavily with Swanes Gro-cubes. This regime worked a treat last year, and when you’re onto a good thing…

11 Responses to “Harvesting garlic with child”

  1. Frogdancer November 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow, congratulations! According to my grandmother, planting parsley causes babies. Hope your parsley crop does as well as the garlic!!!

    • L November 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      Well now that you mention it, I did sow a replacement parsley patch a few months ago… spooky!

  2. Liz November 12, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Congratulations! On both the pregnancy and that fabulous garlic – I pulled a bulb of mine yesterday to eat as green garlic – I think mine needs another month or so in the ground so I did spray with Pyrethrum as mine too is being attacked by aphids.

  3. ali November 12, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Ooo congratulations! This is just fabulous news, and I am not talking about your most spectacularly fabulous garlic! How wonderful, number three hey. Oh I do adore a newborn, they really are quite a marvelous thing. I hope your non throwing up streak continues…

    And your garlic looks absolutely smashing. I remember the episode with Jerry pulling up his (there’s no way I would have pulled up mine!) and I’ll bet you are glad you didn’t follow suit.

  4. the green backyard November 12, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Congratulations!! What a blessing to not be throwing up 🙂

    Your garlic looks amazing too.

  5. Mrs Bok November 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm #


  6. Asydfoodie November 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Congratulations on both counts. I am so insanely jealous of the garlic crop: Lucky you didn’t throw it all in when Jerry hinted at disease. Good timing on getting the kitchen complete in time for number 3. 🙂

    • L November 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Yes – renovating while pregnant doesn’t sound like a heap of fun…

  7. Dan November 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I can’t believe I have to leave my garlic crop in Concord West.. Being renters, it was a gamble to put in a crop of Garlic, knowing that the landlords were twits and most probably didn’t want us to stay on.. Well it happened, they wanted us out after only 10months, and the jack up the price of the dump to $650 a week…….It is still vacant, and I’m very much tempted to go around and harvest my corn, Garlic, zuccunis, beans, silverbeat and beetroots… I was able to rescue my herbs ,,,

    Now we ar ein Summer Hill with a tiny backyard that sits under a massive Gum tree.. So I think this year, I’m just going to sit back and have a rest..

    • L November 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      Oh, that stinks Dan! I’d be very tempted to sneak in to retrieve the garlic too.

  8. Barbara Good November 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I know I’m a bit late, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! That garlic looks amazing….. oh and the baby news is pretty exciting too! The non-throwing-up thing with number three might just be enough to tempt me back to pregnancy land one day (if someone tells me pelvic instability skips the third one too I think it would tip me over the edge). Enjoy the renewed energy and enthusiasm of the second trimester!

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