For several years I’ve grown several garlic varieties in hopes of finding the one we like best and each year something messes it up. But this year, I knew what I planted where and I was careful to label it when harvested. I bought my bulbs to plant from Seed Savers Exchange and grew four varieties – Georgian Crystal, German Extra Hardy, Broadleaf Czech, and Chet’s Italian Red. For our area, I plant mine in early November before it gets too wet, after which it puts out some small tops and settles in for the winter. If you decide to grow some, bear in mind that different types (soft neck, hard neck) do better in warm and cold temps – garlic generally likes cold winters.
Here they are hanging on the Easy-Up over my BBQ area to dry for a few days, then I’ll remove the roots and relocate them to the downstairs garage. Removal of the roots is important as it can wick moisture from the bulb just as it moves it into the bulb from the ground – same for onions. I was a week or so late getting them out of the ground and some had already lost their outer wrappers - they should be harvested when they still have three green leafs.
I’ve got the greenhouse roof fan set to run full time and I have an oscillating fan blowing on them as well. For you young folks, this is a device that was used to cool folks (you better sit down for this) prior to air conditioning.
I’ve always been told that if you have ripe tomatoes here on July 4th, you’ve done good and I think I’ll make it.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
One year ago: BBQ Day two