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A Year’s Worth of Garlic, part deux


Last summer, I harvested some lovely garlic from my garden, and we have been eating it pretty much all winter. We have not had to buy it at all, and we still have several heads- it may not get us all the way to July, but it will be darn close.
We also planted more- I saved out the best cloves to plant, and also bought some hardneck garlic to try. I would link to that post, but can’t figure out how...can someone please teach me how to use link within in WordPress?   ooh, somebody did- thank you!

Hardneck garlic has a bonus- it sends up a flowering stem called a scape, and they can be thrown into soup, or sliced for stir fries. Or smoothies…nah, maybe not smoothies. The scapes will fill a gap with garlic flavor after all the heads of garlic from last year will have sprouted and gotten mushy.
I planted it last fall when the soil was still warm, and lo and behold, it has come up. It has been pretty much the only part of the garden I have watered this spring. It has been super dry, and I probably should be watering my young trees right now…

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pobept
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 10:47:54

    In visual compose mode click the little chain (link) icon (insert -edit link) type in the full URL address {http://examplelink} for the link you are wanting to link to.

    In HTML compose mode, click the {link icon} type full URL address to the link page/site your wanting to link to.

    Happy Gardening

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  2. katsmama
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 05:34:50

    Thanks for your help, Pobept. I have tried that, but the little chin thing isn’t live- I can’t click on it. I’ll figure it out, I’m sure!

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  3. Jennifer Ward-Pelar
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 21:42:28

    How many garlic did you have to plant to have enough to last you through (almost) an entire year? How long did it take to finish forming? And how did you know when to pick it? We picked ours too early. One looked like an extra long shallot. The other one had formed the cloves, but I used the entire thing in chili. I cook with it A LOT. I’d rather plant too much than not enough, you know?

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    • katsmama
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 07:59:32

      I originally planted 50 cloves in the fall, figuring we use about a head per week. Each clove of garlic will form a head. I harvested when the leaves turned brown and fell over on the majority of plants. I withheld water for a week or so, then lifted them with a digging fork and shook most of the dirt off. Many of my heads were small, I think because I don’t water enough. I saved the best and biggest heads for re-planting, breaking them up into cloves and only planting the biggest cloves. People do plant in spring, but I never have- Like I say, I planted in early fall, and picked the next July.

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