What’s Up Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What’s up and OUT this week is: garlic!

Garlic, one leave wilted. Taken about a month ago.

I got some seed garlic from Azure Standard last fall, planted it near the end of October, if memory serves (maybe it was even later, as it was quite a warm fall) and then thrilled when, after anticipating, searching, scratching away the newly-warmed ground this spring, I saw the first green shoots coming up!

I’ve never tried to grow garlic before, but I think it will be on my ‘must grow’ list henceforth. Reason #1: It gives some hope the the loooong winter (ok, so this winter was seasonably warm, but still – it gets to seem long!) and something ‘to do’ in the garden just when the season of growing is wrapping up, and Reason #2: Its incredibly easy. I suppose its possible it was just beginner’s luck, but man – awesome!

There are whole farms devoted to selling and developing seed garlic! And, judging from the blogs and message boards I scanned as I was deciding between the couple of varieties offered, people are REALLY into it. Like, scary into it.

And I thought *I* liked garlic!

Anywho, garlic should be harvested when the bottom 3 leaves die back and turn brittle. Harvesting too late or too early can prevent the harvested bulb from having a long shelf-life. I harvest a couple of bulbs when there were just 2 leaves that had wilted (these were planted in a different part of my garden, in a dirt mound that was left over last year.). I wondered how much difference a couple of weeks and one more wilted leave would make. I harvested the rest yesterday, and yes, a little on the early side, as I have a friend who will use the ‘garlic bed’ to plant some veggies for herself. I was delighted when I saw how much bigger the bulbs had gotten! The picture of my hand holding two bulbs shows the difference in size between the smallest and the largest that I harvested yesterday.

Successful garden experiment! Hooray!

What have you grown that was a success (or not) this year or in year’s past? How often are you able to follow through on a ‘new variety’ or ‘experiment’ urge in your garden (or life)?

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2 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday, June 27, 2012

  1. inherchucks says:

    I am thoroughly enjoying your blog. I am inspired by your CSA survival tips series and find it extremely helpful. As a result I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger’s Award. Come check out the link for further information. http://inherchucks.com/2012/06/27/an-award-and-a-giveaway/.

    Congrats!

    • Laura says:

      Wow, I’m very touched, and flattered! Thank you for the nomination! 😉 I am just thrilled that someone besides my mom is reading. *HI MOM* Though, I do really love my mom. And it would still be worth it if my mom and myself were the only readers. 😉

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