Monday, November 26, 2012
I'm a bit dubious about imported garlic. I have vague recollections of reports that Chinese garlic and like are fumigated/sprayed to pieces to prevent them rotting. Spooky.
Never mind, garlic is easy to grow. It only takes up a square metre or so in the garden. This is about half of the garlic I've grown for this year, more to come. Just in a nick of time too, as I had just about used up last year's garlic. The garlic bulbs are now drying off in the sun. Then they'll be stored in a basket in the pantry, where they seem to do ok for nearly a year.
Meanwhile, the coffee dehusking carries on. Last night, for example, I sat down for about 45 minutes and dehusked a couple of handfuls of coffee beans. Remember, this is done bean by bean with your fingers. After 45 minutes I decided to weigh the results. 16 grams - only! I weighed all the beans Action Man, myself and the kids had done over the last week - 180 grams! Yep, this is a slow old process. The only way to approach it is to come over all Zen-like and treat it as a daily meditation. We have heaps more beans drying and on the bushes still to dry. I can see myself dehusking coffee for months, years maybe after which time I'll be a Zen master. Or something like that!