Two weeks ago today harvesting of the Russian Red hardneck garlic began in earnest. A week later all the garlic was pulled off and hung to dry in the drying shed. Pictured is one of 15 drying racks from the drying shed, each measuring approximately 10′ x 36′ and supporting in excess of a thousand pounds of cured garlic.
Today, two weeks later the drying shed is emptying and the storage shed is filling up with cured and cleaned garlic. A lot of work. We decided it was time for a breather so we are taking a couple extra days of rest. The garlic won’t suffer from a couple of extra days of breathing or curing either. The storage shed is a straw bale constructed building that has a very stable storage environment.
Even when outdoor temperatures climb to the upper thirties the storage shed hovers between 12 and 16 C depending on how much the door is opened during the afternoon. The garlic moves to market quickly so the shed is primarily used to store our seed until mid October.