Monday, July 9, 2012

first garlic harvest!


The fragrance of this garlic is intoxicating. It's amazing to think I planted a handful of small cloves way back in last November. And here we are in July, finally with some rain and below 100 degree temps to quench our parched soil. The rain is what prompted me to go ahead and get the softneck garlic out of the ground before it became too soaked. The hardnecks still have quite a few green leaves, so I'll let them be for another week or two.


We've had a couple major setbacks the past few days, so it feels good to see that something went right! (even if that something is as simple as some braided garlic to hang in the kitchen).

12 comments:

  1. We were disappointed with our garlic harvest this year, but what we were able to harvest, wow it gives off a very large aroma!

    Love the way you braided it!

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  2. Your braid (and garlic) look just awesome. Good work! Our buddy, Derek, just recently shared a clove of his very first ever harvest of garlic. He was so pleased and we all had to marvel that the beautiful heads of garlic were all because he planted some cloves months and months ago. Its pretty amazing.

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  3. I just love garlic and garlic braids. They are such a trophy of one's hard work in the garden.

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  4. Your garlic looks pretty amazing all braided like that. I recently planted some garlic cloves and hopefully they will ready by our Spring. Your post makes me hopeful!

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  5. I've never braided my garlic after harvest before, but I think I will give it a try. Looks lovely!

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  6. Your garlic is gorgeous and your braids are perfect!! I had hoped to have enough garlic to braid, but alas, not this year (not with this weather). We got some garlic, but all the stems went from healthy to broken off...weird.

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  7. Thanks, all! I am so proud of that garlic :) Makes me smile every time I see it (or get a whiff of it!)

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  8. I harvested my garlic yesterday...I love garlic

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  9. Great looking garlic! We planted our crops about two months ago, so we'll hopefully be ready to harvest in November. In Australia, most of our garlic is imported and heavily fumigated with chemicals,not to mention expensive, so we grow our own at home :) We've had a lot of rain this winder, so I'm hoping out garlic will be ok.

    Dan from Melbourne.

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  10. Gosh, I'm so behind on your blog! Your braid is so pretty and your bulbs look much larger than ours. I think the trick is planting them in fall like you did. We put ours in around April. I thought they'd take much longer to start turning color, but I pulled them out since they had wilted and yellowed so much. Do you have any preferences about variety? Softneck vs. Hardneck, etc.?

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    1. That's because you're still enjoying newlywed bliss I hope ;) I have spring planted garlic that's starting to turn, and I can tell the bulbs will be much smaller, so I'm thinking fall planting is definitely the way to go. Haven't grown enough varieties to have a preference yet, but I do really like braiding the softnecks :) There's a variety called "music" that I'd like to try next!

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