Here is a great video showing you how to roast garlic in your oven.
Here is a great video showing you how to roast garlic in your oven.
JULY 21, 2013 – NICE BULBS!
We pulled all most of the bulbs up and just let them sit on the dirt for the day.
Keep them out of the sun because this will ruin them.
Tie your bulbs up and hang ‘em in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of ventilation.
Let them be for 10 – 12 days.
JULY 18, 2013 – You can dig around the bulb to see how it is doing.
This way you don’t have to pull it out just yet.
When you do decide to pull you garlic, use garden tool to lift the bottom of the bulb up.
Then gently pull on the stalk and get it out of the ground.
JULY 16, 2013 – You can see there is some fading going on here.
Looks like it is starting to come to an end.
We had some real bad storms with heavy winds and lots of rain.
A lot of the stalks were broken and bent, pointing downward.
We kept ‘em going for a bit longer, it didn’t seem to bad toward the end.
It is Harvest month here at The Garlic Chop!
Notice how the bottom leaves are dying back.
It really rained hard the other day causing concern for flooding the garlic.
Lots of rain the last few weeks. Haven’t had a chance to feed.
No calcium, nitrogen or extra nutrients added last few weeks,
just the organics in the soil with the cow manure.
As long as your soil is fluffy and can drain well you shouldn’t have a problem.
We received about 50mm yesterday and throughout the week…
But enough water is enough! And the forecast is calling for even more rain…. eeek!!
June 27, 2013 –
Here you see the garlic is starting to mature.
The bottom leaves are starting to turn yellow.
The stalk is starting to get a little harder.
About 2 weeks from Harvest I would guess.
Some of the scapes on the Red Russian, German Red and Bogatyre strains are only now starting to show their scapes.
Time to harvest the remainder scapes now!!!
June 16, 2013
Standing in the Garlic patch after a hard days work cutting and eating your first partial harvest!
These plants don’t get very big, but their stalks can get thick…. makes you feel like a giant.
… hopefully in about 3 – 4 weeks we will get some nice big bulbs!Read more
Look at all these delicious scapes we cut today!
I tried to eat one but it was just too potent.
These will great additions to any salad or stir fry.
They are just as healthy as the garlic bulb itself and will add a beautiful taste to any dish.
Today, we cut the scapes off the stalk before it started to curl too much.
Usually cut before the first curl to help the bulb swell.
Adding calcium after this will also help the bulb swell.
We were shocked to see the amount of juice oozing out after the cut!
June 14, 2013 – Look at these great looking Scapes starting to form!
The Scape produces the flower on the garlic stalk which is called a Bulbil.
The Bulbil opens and has seed pods.
Each seed takes years to produce, so its best to start with a clove from a bulb as we did.
We pulled a garlic stalk out to see what it looks like.
At this point if you eat this it will be sweet and soft.
You’ll notice the bulbs are just about to start swelling
This little bulb is called a Garlic Scallion, it is young and tender.
June 7, 2013 – At this point we’ve been focusing on calcium & nitrogen.
Things have really improved with all the rain.
… will look into alternate plant food ie: N-P-K.
So, here we go it’s June 1, 2013!
You can see there are Rhubarb leaves on the paths between the garlic.
We only had enough a few rows. This is done for weed control.
BTW, the rhubarb stalks were nice a big this year )
It seems things have really taken quite well )
If things go well we may end up getting some nice stinky garlic!!
Farmers usually add the Urea because it is high in Nitrogen. you can buy Urea at a plant nursery.
It should be added once every 1.5 weeks starting from when the stalk begins to show and develop.
Calcium Nitrate should also be added to help build stem walls and plant cell, but I haven’t done that yet…. will get on it.
So, starting in April and then into May, Nitrogen and Calcium are key.
So, off I go to look for some Calcium Nitrate. I think a liquid would be best… or something that can be easily diluted for quick soil and root absorption.
No problems with squirrels, racoons, dogs or cats… nothing seems to want to touch it (knock on wood).
Can’t wait to roast this garlic, yummmmmi!
Starting to realized that the manure was starting to breakdown we decided to put 3 more bags of cow manure.
It seems every 2-3 weeks…… more manure!
Also, found some Calcium Nitrate at a local plant nursery for $4.00.
Mix it with water 1TSP/ plant. But we diluted it to water and sprayed it on the garlic. The next day it wilted….. CANi leads to precipitation damage, so be sure to spray regular water the plants after to dilute.
It was going to rain the next day fairly heavily… so we threw some more UREA into the garden for Nitrogen then worked it into the manure so it was not seen….. the picture above is before it is worked in.
Use about 1/2 to 1 TSP scattered around the bulb per plant.
It was going to rain again fairly heavy, so now was the time to put down some more UREA and cow manure.
The plants are looking much healthier, the added rain, manure, UREA and Calcium is being noticed….
It was tough to see how well the garlic was doing so we put The Garlic Chop in the picture to give you an idea of how thick the garlic stalks were getting.
Make sure you de-weed your garden so that the weeds don’t compete for food with the garlic. We haven’t done this yet, next up.
The garlic is looking healthier each and every day. About 1.5 months to do… I hope it turns out.
It rained so much the other day, maybe 25mm. Good thing we put down some manure & UREA.
But, I see they are a little Calcium deficient. So when the soil gets a little drier, I’ll spray them with the Calicum and then regular water to dilute anything on the leave.
Make sure you feed your plants at the end of the day OR early morning.
So, here it is a few weeks after sprouting.
Nice. At this point we remembered a farmer tellling us to give it Nitrogen as soon as it come out of the surface.
From here in, we added some organic liquid fertilizer but I don’t think it was enough although it did continue to grow well.Read more
For April the garlic seems to have grown about 8″ in height.
The most predominant strain of all was in fact the music variety.
The other varieties seem a little slower to take.
Spring came early for Garlic this year.
Likely because we are more south and closer to the lake.
I spoke with some garlic farmers and theirs have not come up just yet.
So, we decided to write a blog on how to grow garlic.
This is where we start… planting season November 2012.
After selling our garlic products at 100s of agriculture fairs through out the years and speaking with dozens of farmers we decided to try to grow our own large garlic bulbs, YUMMI!!!
In this small 10′ x 20′ garden bed we are going to plant 130 cloves November 9, 2012 aiming for it to be ready early to mid July 2013. Southern Ontario, Canada region.
November 9, 2013
We used dolomite lime to help stabilize the soil and balance out the PH around 6.5 to 7.0
Garlic loves nitrogen, so add a nice amount and then add more during growth.
One farmer told us that cow manure is best to use because cows have several stomachs and this really helps to brake it down.
Next you have to get your garlic cloves ready for planting. This years planting will have four varieties: Bogatyr (Spicy), German Red, Russian Red and the most common variety Music. Music is usually apparently the easiest to grow and it grows well in Ontario. It is hardneck variety, the flavor is sweet and pungent & hot when eaten raw. It can be the size of half your hand, big and tasty.
The old saying goes “the bigger the garlic cloves, the bigger your garlic bulb will be”. Make sure you find healthy, fat bulbs.
Break each bulb into individual cloves, don’t worry if all the paper skin is removed but do try NOT to damage it and try to keep it on if you can… it is good protection.
Separate the cloves so that you have enough to plant. Depending on the variety of garlic, a bulb will produce anywhere up to 11 cloves. This means you can have 11 bulbs. Here is a picture of all the garlic cloves we are going to plant….
You have till your soil and add all your nutrients at this point, blend it in so the soil is fluffy. You may need to add some straw, coco fibre, perilite or vermiculite to fluff it up even more.
In addition to tilling and preparing the soil, we also dug trench 6″ deep, 10 rows.
First we put the guanos at the bottom for the nitrogen/phosphorous and put a layer of cow manure on top of that about 3″ thick.
Garlic roots don’t grow deep so I’m told this will likely do it.
After you put the manure down, set the cloves into the manure loosely about 6″ apart. The clove should be about 2 inches below the surface. Then cover it and create a mound about 4″ above the surface. After the winter the mound will go down to about 1″ to 2″ above surface which is great for the garlic.
Make sure you plant your garlic before the ground freezes.
Alternatively, you can also plant your garlic in the spring just after the ground softens… you will still get a crop but not as good.
That’s it! You can put some mulch over it if you have it or even some straw to protect over the winter…. we just left it.