Three raised beds planted with rows of garlic soak up the sunshine this week in a garden north of Powell River. Did you know slave drivers in ancient Egypt fed garlic to the thousands of workers as they toiled non-stop? Garlic was thought to fortify the workers so they could endlessly labour without dropping from illness or exhaustion. Garlic is planted in October-November in coastal BC and harvested in mid-July. These plants are well on their way to producing a bumper crop.