Garlic 2012

The harvest is in, and it’s an unqualified success.

64 heads of hardneck.

62 heads of softneck.

Braided, bundled, and ready to store!

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28 thoughts on “Garlic 2012

  1. I harvested my garlic last week and it did well, but I didn’t plant nearly enough! This year I’m going to have to plant twice as much!

    • I’ve been building up to this for about 5 years, replanting only the biggest cloves from the season before. If you save and replant, you’re selecting the ones that have performed the best in your place, and making your crop better each time!

  2. I have garlic on my fall planting list. What’s the biggest difference between the hardneck and softneck? Any advice on storing?

    • Hi Janet. Great questions, and enough information for a whole ‘nother post 😀
      Here’s the short version:
      Hardneck garlic has fewer – but larger – cloves, arranged in a single ring around a central stem. They’re a bit spicier than the others (I think) but don’t hold as well in storage.
      Softnecks lack the central stem (Scape) and have a double row of cloves, some big, some small, in the same head. Cured and stored properly, they can last up to a year. We’re just finishing up the last of the 2011 softnecks now.

  3. Wow, Marie! What a beautiful harvest! It brought a tear to this Italian’s eye. You may not have gotten as much planted as you would have liked this year but at least you planted the necessary stuff: plenty of garlic. Brava!

    • We may not be Italian, but our world would stop dead in its tracks without garlic. There is no more rewarding crop. Stick clove in ground, wait about 9 nine months. Dig. Cure. EAT…Even I have time for that.
      Got blooms on some of the tomatoes, by the way! 😀

  4. For one that is not able to eat garlic… sad because I like it…. this is a most informative post. I had no idea about the different types. Thanks to Janet for her question!!

  5. Holy moly! That’s unbelievable! How much space did they have?
    I’m currently flipping through seed catalogs to see which varieties of garlic to try this fall. I’ve only tried garlic once (three years ago) and managed to smother it quite well with monster tomato plants.

    • It really needs its own space, rather than sharing a bed with other plants. This year, they were in one of the new beds we made out of some old cement curbstones that were buried on the property…if memory serves, it’s about 4×12.
      Another good source for seed garlic is to buy it from a grower at your farmer’s market. They seldom treat it with sprout-retardant chemicals, but do ask if you plan to plant it. Buying it locally means you’ll get a variety that you already know is successful in your area.
      I’m planning on a longer post about garlic next week…

      • Thanks for the tips! Garlic hasn’t shown up at the Farmer’s Market yet that I’ve seen…perhaps that should serve as a strong hint to why I have yet to be successful 😉 Looking forward to your garlic post!

  6. I’m feeling a little like Rufus. Happy for you, but just a tad jealous as well. Fantastic crop! I’m going to have to plant some this year. I’ve not had much luck finding good garlic lately.

    • Ah, don’t mind Greg (Rufus)…he just likes to whine. 😉
      Any garlic in the stores right now is more than likely a year out of the ground, and has been under refrigeration at some point. New crop should be arriving soon. Growing your own will spoil you for anything else, though…can’t beat the flavor!

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