Sunday, June 22, 2008

It's been awhile and garlic harvest

While I was gone, several people had kindly volunteered to take care of my garden. Happily for the weeds, one of them was unable to fulfill his obligation. My veggie patch was a verdant field of green crabgrass, lamb's quarters (though I would have liked more of those tasty wild greens), and so on. I weeded until my hands were sore and then I weeded some more. Before I go on the second half of our summer journey, I will mulch heavily!

As we are about to head off again, I harvested the garlic.

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This year I tried to plant enough to have extras for replanting in the fall. Tempting as it is to keep the biggest bulbs for eating, I must replant those best ones to help my crop improve year after year. Of course, some of the bulb size variability has to do with luck, like being planted on top of slightly richer earth or with slightly more space, but there was definitely some difference in the variety of garlic. Don't ask me which ones I planted, sometimes I am a bad record keeper but those more successful garlic will be replanted in the fall. Of course, I will also include some of the other varieties in case the weather next year is vastly different and by chance they will be more successful.

I also was surprised to see that I had missed harvesting some garlic last year. Here is what it looks like in its second year. You can see they grew into bunches of 'pearl' garlic without any cloves. I will replant these in the fall too and see what happens.

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See you in August!

3 comments:

Amy said...

I dream of harvesting my own garlic someday :) Yours looks great.

Have fun with all the travels. We're hoping to get away on a holiday once I'm up and around more - probably a cabin on a lake somewhere.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... I am SO kicking myself for not having planted garlic again this fall!

Safe and happy travels. See you in August. :)

Anonymous said...

I am refering you to an article published by Jim Dyer available at www.seeds.ca/library/articles/2004_03_Dyer_garlic.htm I believe you will find it very informative.

Contrary to popular belief planting the largest bulbs or the largest cloves will not produce the heartiest garlic next season.