The best part about gardening is harvesting.
That's a greedy perspective, I know, but it's the truth. I like other things about gardening, of course. When I need to relax, I can pull some weeds. When I want to be distracted, I can go around with my camera. When nothing seems to be working as expected, I can focus on the purposeful flight of hummingbirds going from flower to flower. Harvesting, however, is sheer, baby joy.
The most pleasant harvest method is digging.
When you harvest garlic, onion, potatoes, you don't quite know what you will find underneath, and the short delay heightens the satisfaction. Think about a treasure hunt where the prize is edible.
This is the second year I harvest garlic and I am doing a better job at curing it for long term storage. I am still clumsy and sometimes a clove comes off while I clean a head (you can see the hollow in the head closest to the gloves): it's not a problem, since fresh garlic is a pleasure to use in the kitchen.
The photos above are my contribution to edition #44 of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Photography Event created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook and hosted this week by Kavitha of Divine Food and Art.
The top photo was shot in monochrome, while the bottom one was shot in color and then converted to black and white.
This post contains the gallery of photos submitted to the event.
On this page, you can find out who is hosting the current and future editions of the event.