How much do you love garlic? I love it in so many ways. Roasted whole. Sizzling in olive oil alongside onion. Rubbed on toasted sourdough. As the background kick in a delicious pesto. Garlic is so great. 

I grew it for the first time last year and learnt a lot. I discovered, as I waited and waited for the garlic scapes to appear, that there is a difference between hardneck and other varieties like the organic Australian purple I planted. No scapes from the Australian purple.

It's pretty hardy, the old garlic. I worried it was too dry because I didn't mulch (I wanted to see the weeds and any resident bugs this first time around.) I worried it would rot in the ground when we had days and days of rain. I peered at it as it got a nodule in the stalk and wondered what the heck that meant. But it was all good. And I harvested a heap of garlic from one large raised bed. Enough to plant out in the market garden this year. 

We split it all apart this weekend and I kept some for eating until this next crop is ready. How much garlic do we need for six months or so? More than I've got left I bet! I'm planting in a raised bed in the kitchen garden as well, not that I don't have faith in Adam's vegie growing prowess, but the kitchen garden is mine, and I can peer at it and mulch or not mulch and harvest when I run out, even if they're just fledglings. 

Grow, garlic, grow!


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6 Comments on “garlicky

Julie @ Tui Creek Tales
May 8, 2013 at 6:26 am

That’s a heap of garlic you got there! Planting garlic is on my to-do list today, I’ve got to clear a space in the weeds first though 🙂 I’m really interested in your market garden, would love to hear how big it is, what you’re planting, are you raising from seed, any good books you’ve read on setting up a market garden…..I’ve always wanted to have a go myself. Also, thanks for mentioning “Greenhorns” here, I’m past the first chapter and loving it.

May 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I thought we had heaps but I’m looking now and thinking we’re going to run out in late July. It’s in everything here. Love the stuff. We used to grow a lot but we put in a crop of 4000 bulbs in at the community garden in town and it grew so amazingly on that river flat that we just do enough for ourselves here and let the community garden have the local market.

May 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I’ve planted garlic for the first time this year, but I’ve only planted one head, not a market garden’s worth! and definitely won’t be getting enough crop to last me through next year.

May 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

The awesome thing about garlic is its multiplication! Even one head will yield a reasonable crop. Hope it grows well for you!

May 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

This is my third year planting garlic. You are right, it’s a very hardy crop once it gets established!

This year, I planted it in among my peppers and tomatoes to ward off pocket gophers, but they still killed my pepper plants! Then we dug them all up, and did a “garlic relocation program” so we could put hardware cloth under our final unprotected raised bed. Like I said, they are hardy . . . It took a couple weeks and they were back to their old selves!

Then I planted them in their own bed so I can withhold water at the end of their growing season, to help them harden off better. If that part isn’t done properly, they begin rotting a few months into their storage in a hanging braid.

Cassandra Allen
May 9, 2013 at 5:59 am

Planted my first ever garlic yesterday. Garlicoholic here. Also sourdough experiments on the kitchen bench. And kefir in the cupboard under the stairs doing it’s magical bacterial thing. Excited.
PS Back in France now, so sorry to have missed you this time. Hopefully next time.


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