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Friday, June 22, 2012

Garlic Gathering

I realized earlier this week that the garlic was ready to harvest.  It just suddenly started getting brown.  There are a few green leaves in there, but it was ready and I had time.  Thursday, the garlic was harvested.


I usually have good luck with garlic.  This year, the bulbs were nice and big.  I dig under them to lift them out of the soil.  I was surprised at how deep they positioned themselves in the soil this year.  I don't think I planted them any deeper than normal.


After shaking off the extra soil, I put the bulbs on a tote lid for easy carrying.

I leave the stems until they dry completely and all the soil comes off before cutting the stems and storing the bulbs.


The garlic will lay in the shade on our patio while it dries.






16 comments:

  1. That's really neat and what a nice garlic harvest.

    FlowerLady

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  2. How wonderful! I saw that you won something earlier and now I can't remember what it was...congrats though!!

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  3. Love garlic!!! I'm glad they did well for you. I'll never forget the smells of my Granparent's cellar. They had lots of hanging garlic in this cool area. Enjoy!

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  4. I love galic nothing like growing your own. Carrel does not like it so I can not cook with it any more. Looks like you may have enough to last until next harvest time.

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  5. Oh yeah the owls!! I knew it was something good...can't wait to see what you do with them....

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  6. I'm glad you posted that picture of the dried up garlic leaves. .that's how mine have been looking for a week or two. Some of our bulbs are H-U-G-E!! It was so easy to grow!! I think you made a believer out of this gardener!!

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  7. Garlic harvesting already? The summer is moving right along, isn't it? I'll be glad to get home and see how mine have progressed. Did you end up with enough to see you through the winter? Love fresh garlic---almost TOO much-LOL!

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  8. I have never grown garlic. Congrats on a bumper crop. Hope you guys have a good weekend.

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  9. That's one thing I've never done but should do. Do you plant in the fall? And do you use a garlic from the grocery store? I've heard of doing that.

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    1. I plant in the fall when I plant tulips. Look for the seed cloves when the flower bulbs show up in stores. I got my seed starts from my in laws. It is hard neck garlic. It will survive winter and makes scapes before it "ripens." If you cut off the scapes, you get bigger bulbs otherwise it makes seeds; which is fine, but that energy going to seed is taken from the bulb growth.
      My understanding is that most grocery store garlic is soft neck grown in warm climates year round.
      Once you get a garlic crop, you can save your own cloves to plant in the fall. It is soooooo easy.

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    2. I remember your fantastic garlic harvest last year. This year look like a very good harvest too! I am having trouble leaving comments today.

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  10. Garlic lovers unite!

    Thanks for the great photos! I think ours need a bit more "browning," but then you would be ahead of us anyway. I harvested the scapes a couple of weeks ago (must either use them or freeze them soon!) and am hoping we won't miss the perfect time to get the heads.

    We got our seed bulbs from an actual garlic festival. Bought way more than we needed and just ate what we didn't use! That's one of the fun things about growing garlic.

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  11. Looks like a great harvest! Mine aren't ready yet - the lower leaves are just starting to brown up.

    I think I didn't cure/store mine properly last year - they went soft by fall. Any tips?

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    1. I make sure mine get really dry before I cut off the stalks. I just store them in a brown paper bag in a cool dark dry place. I've had a few sprout but no mushy ones. Hope yours harvest well!

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    2. Yes, that elusive cool, dark, dry place is probably key.

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  12. I have hard neck garlic, too, which was originally planted by my mother-in-law when she gardened here. It was thick when I first started my garden, and I didn't realize it was supposed to be dug at a certain time, and then replanted in October. Now that I am doing that, I am getting larger sized heads, but this year, some of them were smaller. I normally dry them in the shade of the deck, but this year, we put them in the garage. I've found that what I store in the basement keeps much better than what is in the kitchen. That reminds me, I still have some in the basement from last year. I need to see what is still good, and get it used. I have used some of the fresh already, though.

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