Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Harvesting garlic...

... must be one of the most satisfying jobs this time of the year.

The weeding, sowing, planting, pruning, shredding and mulching seems to be never-ending. There is still so much more to do. Luckily, there is the garlic we planted in March, and the foliage is finally starting to dry up a bit.

Ahhh... not even half-way through the first garlic bed and it is looking very good.
Lovely! Let's dry them a little bit - while you have a cup of tea, or so.

All bundled up and drying on a rack.

There are some real rippers in the bunches!

These will be stored in a safe spot, to be planted next season. It does seem a shame to plant out the biggest heads (and not eat them!), but you will be rewarded with tons of big cloves.
There are a few small heads of garlic (Not taking a picture of them!), as I planted them a bit close together at one end of the bed. Lesson learned! Space them apart, so that all of them can grow big and fat.

The secret to a bumper crop? Good soil (I usually plant into a garden bed where we had potatoes the previous season), plant the fattest cloves of garlic you can find, space them well apart, water them well the first few weeks after planting. Then sit back and relax. :)

4 comments:

Green Lane Allotments said...

Will you manage to eat all of that? I'm cutting back this year but here mine have just been planted

Veggie Gnome said...

No problem at all! We use tons of garlic when we have it. Love the stuff.

Enjoy the garlic planting. And hopefully you'll have a great harvest, too. :)

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

What a nice harvest of garlics. Ours are a bit smaller in size compared to the previous year.

Veggie Gnome said...

M-K girl, size is not that important - as long as there is good home-grown garlic! :) Enjoy yours.