If I remember correctly, the larger bulblets are from a purple skin hard garlic, while the three seed clusters are from soft neck garlic. I am going to plant them all.
|There are a lot of bulblets!|
|A quick estimate|
I laid the bulblets out in a square that was 8 x 10 inches. Then counted two little two inch squares. An average of 26 per small square times 20 such squares results in a count of 520 bulblets! Each one should make 10 to 12 cloves to replant next year. Then another year out, there could be 50,000 to 60,000 cloves! Well maybe I won't plant them all next year.
So it was over to the park yesterday morning to plant the bulblets in a basically empty cold frame. Yep, we had another hard frost.
|Bellevue garden, 12/2/11|
This frame contains the roots of the cardoon plants after the voles chopped off the huge mother plants. New shoots are coming up, so I am going to leave this cold frame in place to see if I can get the cardoon to overwinter. The soil is darker on the left side because that glass panel was off during the recent rains.
|Garlic bulblets added|
I sprinkled all of the bulblets in the frame. They will certainly be too close to each other should they all come up, but that will be a problem to deal with next spring. If I get the opportunity, I will cover the little bulblets with an inch of compost or leaf mold. And then wish them a pleasant winter slumber in their cozy cold frame.