It’s That Time Again

It’s that time of year when we are all cleaning up our gardens and preparing for colder weather.  But, if you would like to have garlic next summer, it’s time to think about planting it now.

elephant garlic

elephant garlic harvest 2014

silverskin garlic

silverskin garlic harvest 2014

I’m going to be lazy today and reblog the post I did last year.  Sorry for the rerun but I’m pooped and headed to bed.

Nighty night,
B

 

Planting Garlic

Last fall was my first time to plant garlic.  It was so easy.  I picked a spot in the garden, made a raised area with the soil, planted and mulched.

Then I left it alone until summer.

garlic-silverskin

silverskin garlic

You can’t get much easier than that.

Garlic is a bulb full of separate cloves that pull apart when you are ready to use.  It’s best to leave these cloves intact until you are ready to plant.  When you have everything ready to plant, pull off the cloves and plant them about 3-4  inches deep (with pointy end up) and about 6-7 inches apart.

elephant garlic

elephant garlic clove with pointy end to the side. That’s wrong and I fixed it before I covered it up.

Cover the cloves with soil and then mulch.  I use a 3-4 inch layer of straw over the entire bed.  I did not add any fertilizer, but I did add compost and aged rabbit manure after I harvested the bulbs in June.

I’ve been told it’s best to fertilize in the spring, but I didn’t even think about it and they did fine.  I really can’t say enough about compost though.  I have 2 big bins going all the time.  I believe it is so much better for your garden than store-bought fertilizer plus you are composting things that would otherwise end up in a landfill or down your drain.  (stepping down off soap box now)

Back to garlic.  I chose the variety ‘silverskin’ because of my location (south) and their ability to store for longer periods of time (up to a year).

I also wanted to try elephant garlic.  Even though the bulb is HUGE,

elephant garlic

it has a very mild flavor and is great roasted and mixed with butter for French bread or mashed potatoes.

One clove of elephant garlic can be as large as one bulb of silverskin.

elephant garlic

one clove of elephant garlic

They are planted the same way as the silverskin.

If you are thinking about growing garlic, be sure and get your garlic from a reputable grower.  I got mine from Renee’s garden, but check with your favorite grower so see what they carry.  Read about the different varieties to see what grows well in your area.  I would avoid planting garlic from the grocery store because you just don’t know where it came from or what was sprayed on it.  Just my opinion though.

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

I am using the garlic I dug this summer to plant this fall.

I also doubled the size of the beds.

I like garlic that much.

Peace to all,
Brenda

“A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.”  author unknown

I am linking up with the Chicken Chick this week for her weekly blog.  If you have any questions about chickens, she’s the chick to ask.

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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16 Responses to It’s That Time Again

  1. bittster says:

    Thanks for the reminder, we’re also big fans of garlic here and will surely be breaking up a couple cloves to plant!

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  2. Dawn says:

    Thanks for all of the helpful information, Brenda! We love garlic, and would like to try to grow our own. We are having a cold weekend here. There were snow flurries this morning! Tonight I covered some tender plants in case of frost overnight. Wishing for warm Autumn days! ♡

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  4. Our property came with tons of volunteer garlic everywhere. Since our soil is totally rocky, it has trouble dividing into cloves, but sometimes it does. And it is much in appearance like what is in the stores. So mild and juicy!

    When I serve garlicked oil, I do not roast it first and then put it into the oil. No, I press it into a dish and add the oil and place in the oven while the bread bakes, just as it’s ready to come out of the oven. Have to watch it closely! My oh my is it good! 🙂

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  5. We’ll plant our 100 cloves in a couple of weeks…we are enjoying our homegrown garlic now until about the new year when we will probably have eaten it all…

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  6. I am a lover of garlic but I have never grown it. I keep covering up all my sunny space with flowers!

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  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Maybe I’ll put some in this year as we sure use a lot of garlic. This was a good rerun!

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  8. Great post, Brenda! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog hop, I’ll be featuring you this week!

    Have a great weekend!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick®

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