|Garlic on 3/18/2013, planted 12/14/2012|
|Music Garlic 3/19/2013, cloves planted 11/16/2012|
|Red Russian Garlic 3/19/2013, cloves planted 11/16/2012|
Each of the plants coming up now should make bulbs of six or more cloves, which will be separated and replanted in the fall of this year, 2013. So by harvest time of early summer 2014, I should have good crops of both strains.
The garlic shown above was from small heads of garlic found in the spring of 2012, and planted in this little area to see what would happen. The plants look good, but small. They will need to be dug soon, teased apart to separate to individual plants, then replanted on four inch centers. These may serve as part of my green garlic supply, where you eat the whole young plant instead of waiting for bulb production.
Two years ago, my garlic supply stored very well for months and months. I was still eating nice full garlic cloves into May. The crop for 2012 has been very tasty, but the storage quality has been iffy. At this point, many of the cloves in bulbs are dry and shriveled. The rocambole variety however stored very well, but alas, it has been eaten as they were the best bulbs. The papers of the garlic bulbs of this past harvest were very thin and fragile even when the bulbs were fresh. I have read that that is an indication that the bulbs will not store well. And they didn't.
So luckily, I have tons and tons of young garlic shoots coming up that were started from bulbils. Some will be used for green garlic, and some will be used for cloves to start next year's crop.
please see: http://fromseedtoscrumptious.blogspot.com/2012/12/umbils-of-garlic.html
|Started from garlic umbils 12/14/2012|
|Closer shot as of March 18th, 2013|