Betsy and I looked at farm land for garlic seed growing last Thursday. The land looked like this, but with more slope, and untilled. Here we found excellent soil -a silty loam known as BgA/B or Bridghampton silt loam. Zero to 6 percent slope, eighty inches to the nearest restrictive feature, well-drained and far from the water table, but with very high available water capacity, and low in calcium (acidic). Bridgehampton silt loam is derived mainly from gneiss, granite, and schist, with some sandstone, conglomerate, and shale thrown in for good measure. This is glacial stuff and as good as it gets for growing garlic in our neck of the woods once it's been limed.
While the land itself offered only positives, the prospect of harvesting, curing, and storing our crop is still a problem to solve. We intended to be on the north shore, where there is still farming and its apparatus, but the Trust only has space remaining on the south shore, amidst multi-million dollar homes and summer throngs. This can be both a positive and negative, although finding a place that costs almost nothing for 3-5 months out of the year to process our garlic in real estate heaven? Not easy.
I shoved my phone under the broken door to picture the place. Clearly someone's furniture storage.
It could be perfect for curing garlic given its exceptionally high ceiling, concrete floor, eastern exposure, and soil embanked side walls.