Tag Archives: Garlic
What Should I Do?Garlic Clove
A simpler primer on adding garlic to your garden
by Phil Williams
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 2:24 PM
Garlic is an extremely versatile cooking and medicinal herb. It is a great herb to grow in the backyard, because it is relatively easy to propagate at home, and it is expensive to buy at the store.
What Should I Do?Washed Garlic
Methods and tips for saving your crop
by Phil Williams
Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:12 PM
I actually almost forgot to harvest my garlic this year. Thankfully, I wasn’t too late. I was probably a couple of weeks later than I should have been, but most of the garlic was still good. One could say it is a resilient crop.
When do you harvest garlic?
It really depends on the garlic. I harvested towards the end of June, but it should have been mid-June. It is best to observe the tops of the garlic. You should harvest when most of the leaves are still green, but two or three of the bottom leaves have gone brown. This will typically give you a mature tight head. The idea is to pick the garlic when it is mature, but you don’t want to pick it so late that the cloves start to separate. If you pick at this ideal time, the garlic will store well.
More than just pasta and pesto
by Jason Wiskerchen
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:49 PM
October through December, depending on your climate, is the time of year to plant garlic. The cloves are tucked into their soil beds for the winter and are able to establish their root system early in their growth process. Their green shoots will appear in early spring, or earlier if you live somewhere with mild winters. Garlic bulbs are harvested in summer, when some of the leaves have turned brown, but 5 or 6 green leaves remain. Finding seed garlic from a source near you is to your advantage, as garlic acclimates to its surroundings, but experimenting with different varieties of garlic is fun and the only way you’ll know what works in your particular situation!
Garlic is highly adaptable and can be grown almost anywhere in North America, although ideal soil and climate do give the garlic grower an advantage.