The garlic is in!

This was just the first batch I pulled last week. I have yet to weigh any of it – it’s drying on the front porch. The heads look small, but respectable – not ideal, but a big step up from last year’s nonexistent harvest.

Along with three tiny onions, pulled up by mistake.

I have to admit, I’m worried that these onions are so small. When this pic was taken it was still about 2-3 weeks too early for their harvest, but shouldn’t they have been bigger than this anyway? I’m nervous that this year’s performance is going to be a repeat of last year’s frustrating harvest, despite my focus this time on planting the correct varieties for my day length and getting them in the ground at the right time.

Cross your fingers for me. We like our onions around here, and I didn’t plant enough to have them all come out tiny again.

5 Responses to “Garlic”

  1. Peter Says:

    As soon as it stops raining I’m going to go out and check the garlic. I think it needs another week or two. And fwiw, my onions never get very big. I just plant a lot of them to compensate.

  2. diana Says:

    Well Peter, if your onions don’t get big either then maybe it’s not my fault. -grin- Kinda makes me feel jealous to see those big honkin’ muthas in the grocery store, though… :) The garlics I pulled were nearly completely dry; there are still a bunch in the ground with scapes coming from them. Not sure what to do about that, beyond harvest and eat the scapes.

  3. Mrs. Brent Parker Says:

    I had no idea we could grow garlic around here. I just might try it next year. Was it started by seed or plant?

  4. Debi Says:

    If you are concerned about power outages, fill tubs(ice cream, yogurt whatever)with water, leave an inch headspace, put their lids on and freeze them. Then leave them in your freezer to take up the unused space. Empty air space is what will cause rapid defrosting. IF the freezer is full, and you have a power stop, DO NOT open the freezer, cover with lots of quilts and leave it be, should stay good for a few, 2-3 days this way. We also live in a nasty climate that has power outages…oh, and any meat that still has ice crystals in it is okay to re-freeze taste and health wise. Thawed fruit, veg and prepared foods unfortunately not.

  5. diana Says:

    Good tip, Debi! I remember reading about that somewhere else. Right now the freezers are just packed, but as soon as some space opens up you can bet I’ll be making some “freezer packs”. Thanks!

    Mrs.: I planted individual cloves of garlic in the Fall. Half were just from grocery store garlic, and half were a special heirloom garlic… that I can’t remember the name of! :( They are pinkish.

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