Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Growing Garlic

This is the first year I've tried growing garlic. It sounded like a good crop for a summer I wouldn't be around much for tending and watering.

I planted the cloves in late March in several of my unused pots on the deck. This make for easier to water. By June, they looked like this. Of course, I didn't know what was happening under the ground.

In September, I pulled up my first crop. I call it a qualified success. Of the fifteen cloves I planted, they all sprouted. Of those that sprouted, ten produced bulbs. What was unusual about my bulbs was that they had no wrappers. After doing some research online, I think I let them stay in the ground too long. If you have any suggestions for next year, I'd love to hear them. -- Margy

6 comments:

  1. I don't know why they don't have wrappers, but it does sound like they were in the ground for a long time. I did well with my garlic this year and I have just planted next year's crop, which I hope to harvest in July. Apparently if you plant them in the autumn the bulbs are bigger :) xxx

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  2. Thanks for reminding me, I planted some garlic too last spring. I forgot about them :(
    They will probebly have no rappers also. Can we still use them that way?

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  3. Well at least you got a crop. MB

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  4. Well, now you don't have to peel them! Sounds good to me.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
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  5. My veggie garden was such a total failure. This looks like success to me!

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  6. The garlic is lasting so far, but I'm afraid without the wrappers they won't last all winter. Any good suggestions for garlic recipes? - Margy

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