Harvesting Onions and Garlic

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies always like to be helpful and we especially like to teach our blog readers new things.  Last week, before the hurricane, we helped to harvest the onions and garlic in the vegetable garden.  Take a look!

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These onions look like they're about ready to harvest!  This one is a Red Torpedo, named for it's color and elongated shape.

1 These onions look like they're about ready to harvest! This one is a Red Torpedo, named for it's color and elongated shape.

The Georgian Crystal garlic is ready, too.  This type has a very high amount of allicin in it, the compound in garlic that boosts your immune system.

2 The Georgian Crystal garlic is ready, too. This type has a very high amount of allicin in it, the compound in garlic that boosts your immune system.

Sharkey, let's take all of the onions and garlic you harvested and bring it into the headhouse.

3 Sharkey, let's take all of the onions and garlic you harvested and bring it into the headhouse.

It looks like Shaun has already started the curing process in here.  Let's put ours in these bins with the others.

4 It looks like Shaun has already started the curing process in here. Let's put ours in these bins with the others.

Curing is a form of food preservation.  By curing this crop, they will keep for a lot longer than uncured crops.

5 Curing is a form of food preservation. By curing this crop, they will keep for a lot longer than uncured crops.

First, we want to make sure we knock off any large clumps of dirt.

6 First, we want to make sure we knock off any large clumps of dirt.

Then, we will let them dry out for several weeks.  The process also draws nutrients from the stems and leaves into the onions.

7 Then, we will let them dry out for several weeks. The process also draws nutrients from the stems and leaves into the onions.

You can hang garlic by the stems to let them dry.

8 You can hang garlic by the stems to let them dry.

Or you can put them in a bin in a dry place with lots of air circulation.

9 Or you can put them in a bin in a dry place with lots of air circulation.

In a few weeks, the skins will be papery and the roots will be stiff and dry.  Then we can use them well into the winter!

10 In a few weeks, the skins will be papery and the roots will be stiff and dry. Then we can use them well into the winter!

Whew!  It smells in here!  Good thing Franny and I don't like garlic or onions, because they can be toxic to dogs!

11 Whew! It smells in here! Good thing Franny and I don't like garlic or onions, because they can be toxic to dogs!

Comments (7)

  • Good Morning F & S

    Great job with the harvesting especially before that nasty hurricane showed up. You had two stinky blogs in a row, compost buckets in your kitchen now onions and garlic. I must say I love the smell of onions and garlic cooking together nothing smells better.

    I just checked out Martha's Blog looks like Irene left a mess for you as well. Dad spent the day cleaning out the pool and cutting the Willow branches off the filter. Mom is taking tomorrow off to clean up she has her nephew coming over to help. She is very sad her vegetable garden is destroyed and she works so hard at keeping it nice. I helped Dad yesterday I brought a few sticks into the house and chewed them up ;) I thought I was doing a good job and all I did was get in trouble. Sophie got in trouble also she dug a big hole trying to get some kind of critter out from under the shed. She needed to get washed down she was so muddy. Sharkey she looked a little like you did in your pictures from Maine - she is a blonde lab and was covered in mud.

    Basil I hope you are eating and feeling better. Don't you give your mom a hard time EAT!!!

    I'm going to nap because I have another busy day cleaning up sticks.

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls,
    I love it when Mimi cooks with onions...the house smells so good. Garlic, not so much!
    Mimi & I saw Martha's blog. That Irene left and awful mess at your house. We also saw the horrible flooding in Vermont on the news this morning.
    We are praying for you all and feeling helpless at the same time.
    Take care today.
    your pal
    Rebel

  • Oh yes, helpful Frenchies indeed! How on earth can your MS household consume so many onions and garlic? I love onions and garlic in my cooking, they are the ingredient that makes the taste for me.
    Because I have been having problems with my digestive track I have not eaten anything in over a month that has onions and garlic, matter of fact I'm scared to east anything, so just stick to oatmeal and cereal which I'm tired of, but must till my tests...always something. ;)

    We taking care of our grandog Annie and grandcat Kyle, but Kitty just does not want to be included, so she stays outside and then looks into the glass door so pitifully.

    take care everyone!

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., I love reading your blog posts and seeing your photos everyday and you two girls sure do look cuter as time goes by and G.K. looks so handsome, also. You two girls sure did a great job harvesting those onions and garlic to protect them from Irene. So nice that you are a teacher just like Martha! Speaking of Martha, she sure did a great job showing us those fantastic photos of the affect of Irene all over her Bedford farm. OMG, what horrible damage there was and I'm sure all three of you will help with the clean up. My Mom and I were so worried about your safety and we sure would love to help with the clean up. Sure hope everyone is safe and Rebel, hope you are eating and doing you 'business' now and the same with Basil. Have a great day no matter where all of you friends are! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good job on the harvesting ladies. So sad about all of the damage that was done on the farm. Saw GK walking around on MommyM's blog. I was glad to see that you two were far away since you have so many little creeks that are now full of raging water. Can't have you two doing the 'Frenchie Float on the Farm!' :smile:

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well it’s another day in the south and plenty of heat to go around for everyone. I’ll be glad when this summer is over and we can get into fall and then winter. I love the winter time with all that, err, that, can’t get the word out. Some of you don’t like that word so I won’t say snow. OPPs, that just slipped out. Sorry guys. Anyway I’m back to my normal self with no “hot spots” anywhere on my body. Basil, I didn’t like to take my medicine either but I did and I feel much better now. Keep on eating; you’ll feel better.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • ..digging holes, snow, those are good things my little dog buddies...here at the farm/ranch we have been haying..luckily Martha has a slew of people to do the clean up..still on my quest to gnaw the shock collars off the Irish setters when they come across the river to my 80 acres...Must do a quick patrol of the farm/ranch and eat a snack, which I know Lucinda hides my pain meds in and watch some tv..over and out.. Cora-belle

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