You thought you were done reading about garlic. I thought I was done writing about garlic. But a couple of days ago I was cleaning up the porch and found some garlic seed heads that I had kept from the summer. Not one to waste anything garlic, I decided to clean them up and plant them since I have some open space in a cold frame at the park.
|Umbil of Garlic, December 18th, 2012|
|Umbil separated into individual bulbils|
|Five umbils and many larger bulbils|
|Hopefully the last of any garlic to plant|
|Bulbils sprinkled on top, mushroom soil to follow|
|Open space used|
Is the trouble worth the effort? I just went back through previous posts about garlic, and found that I had planted bulbils last December 15th:
The picture above shows the garlic planted from last year, though the cold frame itself was moved to a different location and the cardoon plants were transplanted. I pulled a lot of the bulbs that grew, and promptly forgot to keep track of the experiment. Luckily I somehow lost track of these garlic plants, so I can follow their progress.
|A closer shot of the top left corner|
This garlic plant was pulled from the bunch of plants in the previous photo. It could be used at this stage as green garlic, using it like a scallion. Slices of the garlic "scallion" would have a delicious garlic flavor, and can be used as if it were clove garlic. I may dig, separate, and replant the shoots next spring, hoping to have some full sized bulbs in July. If not July of 2013, certainly July of 2014. If it were to take that long, I think I would eat the second year garlic as green garlic.
Finally, in the article from the link above, the author suggests that their garlic kept much better when the seed stalks were allowed to remain on the garlic plant until harvest. Like a good reader, I cut most of my garlic scapes off this early summer. And have a bunch of garlic with lousy wrappers. Coincidence? I don't know, but next year the scapes will stay.
My wife just sneezed. She will be eating some raw garlic to see if she can cut short an oncoming cold. Google "garlic cold remedy" for some ideas.