Monday was a holiday with glorious weather, a perfect day to plant garlic. We had problems with garlic mites, and each clove was painstakingly peeled in order to ensure that only the best seed went into the ground.
This year, we dropped the German Extra Hardy and planted 12 cloves of the Rossa di Sulmona in their place. This Italian hardneck is originally from Abruzzo, and known for their sweet taste and distinctive pink wrappers.
Once the cloves were planted, the garlic bed was give a cover of leaf mulch. Our last planting of the season was now done.
A good day’s work rewarded by one of nature’s light shows.