Sunday, July 11, 2010
I have nothing to write about. Besides gahhh-lic.
See those 2 bulbs sitting on that railing? The one on the left is what you don't want. Luckily I didn't wait for all the green leaves to turn brown before digging up my bulbs because I already had a couple of these split wrappers brewing underground.....which means they are overdue for digging. Intact wrappers like the one on the right are best for preserving the storage life of the garlic.
Bulbils coming up the stalk. These little jewels can be planted for an eventual garlic harvest. For more information on propagating bulbils read here. It is not immediate gratification, but the end result should be garlic adapted to growing in your soil which is always a good thing!
After collecting and all those dried garlic leaves, trimmed roots, and accompanying dirt for the compost pile, don't forget to set aside the best bulbs for Fall planting. It is the large clove size (vs. bulb size) that influences your future harvest- which is pretty inconvenient if you ask me, as the cloves are all hidden under those layers of paper. Hmph. Oh yeah, and if you plan on ordering any garlic seed be sure to do it in the next month or so before it is all stamped with that SOLD OUT FOR 2010 bit. Best planting time varies some depending on the source, but a month before your average first frost date is a good window to aim for.