|Gobs of Garlic Cloves, December 14th, 2012|
These are the secondary sized garlic cloves. I already planted most of the premium sized cloves, as the feeling seems to be that the larger the clove planted, the larger the full bulb harvested. So some of your best looking garlic should be saved to be replanted. These secondary cloves, as I call them, will hopefully still make quite respectable bulbs by next June or July. By waiting so long to get these in the ground, I am testing the adage: "Plant garlic until the shortest day of the year, harvest by the longest day of the year". I have the shortest day beat by at least a week.
The next problem is how and where does one plant this mountain of cloves? The first answer should have been the compost pile, but that only occurred to me after the fact. If this planting is successful, what am I going to do with a whopping bumper crop of garlic next summer? I guess become the number one garlic producer in New Castle County. Back to planting, the faster the job, the better.
|Garlic bed to be|
|Did not get rid of enough|
|I still have half a box!|
|Clean up required|
|Three rows in the one bed|
|Soil fluffed back over the two beds|
|Smallest cloves in a cold frame|
|Last of the cloves, really|
Again, to plant the cloves as quickly as possible, I just tossed them by hand into the frame. Rather than pushing them into the soil, I figured I would just add a layer of one year old leaf mold on top of the cloves.
|Last year's leaf pile just sitting around, only a few feet away|
|Finished, and it is only December 14th|