Friday, 2 May 2014
... Wild Garlic
A couple of years ago I bought a small pot of wild garlic with the intent of guerrilla gardening it nearby so we'd have a supply to forage close at hand.
At this time of the year, simply drive past Derry Hill on the road to Calne or by the village of Ford on the A420 and the pungent smell of wild garlic fills the car. I love that smell, but neither spot is that accessible and I suspect foraging amongst the leaves at Lacock Abbey - the other place where I know it exists locally - might not be that welcome.
Having bought my pot home, I then dithered about where to put it. The public land next door has plenty of likely places where wild garlic should flourish, but they're also frequented by dogs. Wild garlic + pee doesn't quite do it for me.
I should have known mother nature would find a solution. As you can see, my pot has self-seeded itself on the patio, which makes it an Against the Odds story as well as my I Love choice for May. I'll encourage that flower spike you can see to self-seed itself further along the way.
So now I have wild garlic just a few yards from my kitchen, hurray. It's perfect for my Universal Pesto recipe, or Carl's Wild Garlic 'Slaw - a recent discovery :)