Sunday, May 22, 2011
All set for garlic, I think
When Guru Dave took his Grand Tour of My Garden, he told me that the garlic that had been planted in bed K had been there more than one growing season, and would not likely produce any garlic of cooking value. But he said it was not a total loss. I could let the greens wither about 2/3rds of the way, pull the bulbs (which would most likely be small and useless for cooking), dry them, refrigerate them for two weeks and plant them again. That second planting ought to produce decent bulbs.
So I waited. And by yesterday, those bulbs were all 2/3rds of the way withered and lying down. So I pulled them all, and got a huge heap of garlic... and none of the bulbs were over an inch across. I spent a lot of time getting off the muck and the dirt by brushing them gently with my fingers. I had left some in the ground too long. But even with those losses, I am up to my ears in mini garlic. I noticed that some of the greens had a bit of orange to them - I think this means I should not plant them in the same bed next time. In fact, I think I will wait until the traditional planting time for garlic, which is mid-to-late fall, to replant these.
I tied up the garlic in bundles and hung them off of brooms and mops on an unused garage door rail, because everywhere I read up on garlic it says to dry them suspended in a cool darker location with good air circulation. So now my garage smells like Gilroy and looks like a Garlic Coma movie set.
Does anyone want any garlic sets? I’ve got more than I can use.