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Growing, harvesting and drying garlic

We planted garlic cloves in June - July from organic bulbs purchased at the Fruit Market. We planted a lot because we enjoyed our own fresh garlic so much last year! We found that organic garlic grew much better than the other cloves, so this year we only planted organic cloves. It was fun to pull all our garlic out of the soil last week!

Mercy Joy sat under the shade of the potatoes.

We harvested 26 garlic bulbs, plus at least another four earlier.

We placed these bulbs on the deck in the sun for a few days. They are now in the shed. We are hoping to dry them successfully in order to eat our own garlic year round and maybe even sow our own cloves in July next year.

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Bron  – (December 27, 2010 at 3:42 PM)  

Wow, they look good! We did the same, but ours are still very small even though they're definitely ready to harvest (tops have died away completely). I wonder if we didn't fertilize ours enough... did you use any fertilizer to make yours grow so well?

Faith  – (December 30, 2010 at 8:26 AM)  

that's great....your precious baby girl is getting so big already!! happy CHristmas Sherrin to you and your family and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sherrin  – (December 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM)  

Hello Bron, sorry I thought I'd replied a couple of days ago but obviously something went wrong with my comment! It is great to hear that you've been growing some garlic, and I hope you've enjoyed its yumminess although the size is a disappointment. I've asked our resident fertilizer, Dave, and he says that he used dynamic lifter and compost. He also gave it a lot of water. Ours vary in size a lot, and some are small, but the majority are as large or larger than those we purchased.

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