So, I was planting garlic today. I bought some hardnecks, got them way back in August, and have been waiting for just the right day to plant them. I'm pretty excited about these. I grew softnecks for two years and felt I was ready for the big leagues.
When they arrived in August, I gave a bulb of each kind to my neighbor. She is a great neighbor and loves garlic! She's been having a rough year, though. This summer, she only planted half of what she planted last year, and what she planted was soon overgrown with weeds. She bought a mess of bareroot strawberries at the same time I did, but she kept them in the fridge too long, and they died.
So, when I ran out of cloves to make my rows even, it occurred to me that she probably wouldn't plant hers, so I could hit her up for the Northern White bulb to even out my last Northern White row. Yes, I know it was rude, but I'm a madwoman for even rows. I even use a yardstick to make certain everything is just so.
I decided to chance it. If she wasn't going to plant them, well, why let them go to waste? I went over to ask her for the Northern White back. She could keep the Northern Giant; I wanted only the Northern White.
She looked sheepish and told me she ate them. Both of 'em. How do you eat long-coveted seed garlic, the kind you couldn't find in Casper if you used a garlic detector?
Whew. Thanks for letting me gripe. No response is necessary. I'm just vastly annoyed, and I needed to vent I'm now the garlic Nazi. When she wants fresh garlic next year, I will say, "No garlic for you!"