—Garlic 2016—
Cured And Trimmed

Dateline: 26 August 2016

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I used to grow a LOT of garlic, and I used to have a home business making and selling Herrick's Homegrown Stiffneck Garlic Powder. Then, of course, I wrote A Book On The Subject.

But these days I grow only a single garden bed of garlic. I pick the bulbs and put the still-green plants under my wood shed to dry. A few weeks later, I cut off the roots and the top stem. The easiest way to do this cutting is with a band saw, as you can see in the picture above.

I bought that cheap bandsaw for my kids when they were younger. It never worked very well for cutting wood. But it does a great job on dry, woody garlic stems. I keep the saw around just to process my garlic every year at this time.


  1. I used to use a large pair of scissors to cut the stems, but after cutting a couple hundred hard woody stems I usually got a blister. The bandsaw would be a fine idea if I had one, but I found that a machete and a block of wood works well too. Just watch your fingers!

    1. Elizabeth L. Johnson said,
      Aye! Visions of David the Good you tube video, how not to cut your hand with a machete!

  2. I never tire as seeing scenes of a successful harvest - so many connections both for the soul and the spirit.

  3. I had to chuckle at this one. Only a man would need a power tool where a woman can use kitchen scissors. :)

    PS -- I had the incredible pleasure of participating in Farming God's Way training this week. (Same roots as Foundations for Farming.) I sat there with tears running down my face because it was SOOO "good and righteous altogether." You would l-o-v-e it.

  4. Elizabeth L. Johnson said,
    Thanks for cluing us in why a saw was important from past experience. I, too, wondered why scissors don't work so good--hard and woody!