Back in October, I decided to try my hand at planting garlic.
I ordered my organic garlic from Renee’s Garden, prepared my bed and planted the cloves about 4-5 inches apart.
Then I ignored them until last Sunday.
Before we left on vacation, the tops were just beginning to turn brown. We had an excessive heat wave while we were gone and when we returned, all the leaves were brown.
I got my spade from the barn and began to dig.
This variety is Silverskin (Allium sativum) and it produces a regular sized bulb (like you see in the grocery store.) This variety keeps for a long time (9-12 months) which is one of the reasons I decided to plant this particular variety. It also said it was a good choice for beginners because of its reliability to produce and that sounded just right for me.
The other variety I grew was Elephant garlic.
Elephant garlic is not a true garlic, its species is Allium ampeloprasum and is more closely related to the leek family. One clove could be the size of one whole head of Silverskin.
It is said to have a less intense flavor than the Silverskins. I’ve been told the best way to eat these is to roast the whole head and use for garlic bread or bruschetta. If anyone out there has grown elephant garlic, I would appreciate knowing your favorite way to use it.
But, before I can eat them, they need to cure for at least 3 weeks. I would like to hang them in the rafters of the garden shed, so that is my project for the weekend. I am open to suggestions on this also.
Also when we returned, I found one of my tomato plants looking like this.
Stripped of all leaves
which could only mean one thing
These things can get very big, but they blend in so well with the plant, I bet I looked at this one 3 or 4 times before I actually saw it.
As big as this one was, I’m sure he’s the one that destroyed my plant. But upon further inspection, Allen (who had the eye to see them), found several more that I had overlooked. Good job, Al!
If left alone, they will morph into a five-spotted hawk moth.
To the best of my ability though, and with the help of Allen’s good eyes, those worms will not make it to adulthood but will become special treats for the chickens.
Bon appetit, chickies!