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


  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

  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?

  3. Well at least you got a crop. MB

  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!

  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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