Bloom Thyme: Garlicky Things

In July I harvested my first home-grown garlic. It was so fun! We are lovin’ adding “our” garlic to recipes. And, I suspect we are safe from vampires … at least for the present time.

I purchased the bulbs from a local nursery. I can’t find the label so I don’t know what variety we have and I hate that because I LOVE knowing the names of my plants. Regardless, I can tell you that now that I have grown my own garlic & have begun to learn about the different varieties of garlic, it will be hard to settle for buying garlic from the grocery store.

First crop.

This fall I am planting cloves from one of my hardiest “no name” bulbs (Advice from my friend at CowlickCottage.com. Visit her beautiful blog for recipes, information and gardening inspiration.) and Hardneck / Rocambole and Morado Gigante — purchased from The Garlic Store.

PLANTING

  • Early October
  • Loosen and amend soil to 12 inches
  • Plant individual cloves 2 – 4” deep; 6” apart.
  • Plant pointy tip facing up!

HARVEST

  • In mid July when lower leaves have turned brown but about half of top leaves are still green.
  • Dig don’t pull!
  • With your hands brush away excess dirt (Don’t wash!)

CURING

  • Lay heads on screening or hang to dry for 6 – 8  weeks (more if the season is humid) in a dark, dry area.
  • Once cured, cut the stalks down to an inch above the bulbs and trim the roots.
  • Again, do NOT wash.

STORAGE

  • Store the cured head in net bags in a cool, dry spot.
    (Ideal temperature range is 35 – 50 degrees).
  • Will last for approximately 4 months.

Fun and delicious … a great return on effort and time spent! Since most everyone loves garlic, it is a great “from-the-garden” gift to share! I wrapped a bulb in pretty paper today and gave as a gift. It was very well received!

I still have a lot to learn about growing garlic, so if  you have any advice, please share!

First Harvest ... BEAUTIFUL!

4 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme: Garlicky Things

  1. So excited that you harvested your first garlic, Theresa. It is so much better than anything you can buy in the store. It’s much more flavorful and has a longer shelf life. It’s fun and easy to grow!

If you have a minute, leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s