Last fall I planted 700 cloves of four varieties of garlic. And then plans changed. I’m not at farmers market as planned this year because the market was dismal. This morning looked as good as it’s going to get for garlic harvesting. It hasn’t rained for a few days but it’s going to later today or maybe tomorrow. I got busy and pulled 700 heads of garlic. Garlic is like magic. Drop 20ish pounds into fertile soil, cover it, water it, mulch it, wait ten months and there you go – 175 pound of garlic in a very dry year. Had we gotten enough rain it would have been closer to 225 pounds. It pays to put work into healthy soil even when Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated.
I’ll be roasting a few heads to keep in the fridge for garlic bread and garlic butter. The small cloves will be cut in half and dehydrated for garlic granuals, salt and powder. We’ll eat a lot fresh. I’ll use more for stewed tomatoes later this week. The best heads from German Extra Hardy will be set aside to replant in late fall.
Did you plant garlic? How did it do this year?