Here is a great video showing you how to roast garlic in your oven.

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Allrecipes Magazine Feb/March 2016 – Garlic Peel review

 

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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 21, 2013 – LOOKING GOOD!!! Hang your garlic in a garage or an area where there is plenty of ventilation, get it out of the rain and let is sit for 1-2 weeks.

JULY 21, 2013 – LOOKING GOOD!!! Hang your garlic in a garage or an area where there is plenty of ventilation, get it out of the rain and let is sit for 1-2 weeks.

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July 21, 2013 – lay the bulbs down on the ground and just them dry out for the day, but don’t let them be in the direct sun for too long.

July 21, 2013 – lay the bulbs down on the ground and just them dry out for the day, but don’t let them be in the direct sun for too long.

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 21, 2013 – Use a shovel to dig it up and then pull the bulb out using the stalk.  You can notice when it’s ready where there is a black skin on the bulb, this easily come off.

JULY 21, 2013 – Use a shovel to dig it up and then pull the bulb out using the stalk. You can notice when it’s ready where there is a black skin on the bulb, this easily come off.

JULY 18, 2013 – You don’t have to take the bulb out of the ground yet! Just check it by brushing some of the dirt to the side and around it… you won’t hurt it.

JULY 18, 2013 – You don’t have to take the bulb out of the ground yet! Just check it by brushing some of the dirt to the side and around it… you won’t hurt it.

 

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.

JULY 16, 2013 – When the bottom of the plant becomes yellow and woody and only the top few leaves are still green, it is time to pull the garlic. If you wait too long, the skin will split and the cloves will crack.

JULY 16, 2013 – When the bottom of the plant becomes yellow and woody and only the top few leaves are still green, it is time to pull the garlic. If you wait too long, the skin will split and the cloves will crack.

 

 
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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.

July 8, 2013 – The Garlic Peel & The Garlic Chop on standby ready to peel and chop this years garlic. Variety in the picture is Music. Notice the leaves dying back. The stalks are also starting to feel a little lose…… I think we are close!!

July 8, 2013 – The Garlic Peel & The Garlic Chop on standby ready to peel and chop this years garlic. Variety in the picture is Music. Notice the leaves dying back. The stalks are also starting to feel a little lose…… I think we are close!!


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Too much rain at this point and the garlic bulbs will rot (which grow under the ground).

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!!

 
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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.

June 27, 2013 – Garlic is starting to yellow, about 2w away from Harvest

June 27, 2013 – Garlic is starting to yellow, about 2w away from Harvest


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June 27, 2013 – All 5 garlic varieties seem to be turning yellow

June 27, 2013 – All 5 garlic varieties seem to be turning yellow

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!!!

 

 

 

 
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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!

June 16, 2013 – Standing in the garlic patch makes you feel like you are a giant. The rows seems a little narrow at 18″, about 30″ is the norm but you can get away with 24″ and walk freely between the plant rows.

June 16, 2013 – Standing in the garlic patch makes you feel like you are a giant. The rows seems a little narrow at 18″, about 30″ is the norm but you can get away with 24″ and walk freely between the plant rows.

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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.

June 16, 2013 – Cut scapes, about 80 or so here. Enough for a few meals and some to give away to friends & family. First round of cutting, there are about 50 remaining from 5 varieties – some slower to produce than others.

June 16, 2013 – Cut scapes, about 80 or so here. Enough for a few meals and some to give away to friends & family. First round of cutting, there are about 50 remaining from 5 varieties – some slower to produce than others.

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 16, 2013 – Cutting the Scapes with a knife. If you look closely you can see the juices oozing out! This is some healthy stuff and potent too!

June 16, 2013 – Cutting the Scapes with a knife. If you look closely you can see the juices oozing out! This is some healthy stuff and potent too!

 

 

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.

June 14, 2013 – Beautiful thick Scapes forming

June 14, 2013 – Beautiful thick Scapes forming

 

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 14, 2013 – Pulled a garlic bulb out to see what it looks like.

June 14, 2013 – Pulled a garlic bulb out to see what it looks like.

 

 

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.

June 7, 2013 – more calcium and nitrogen.

June 7, 2013 – more calcium and nitrogen.

 

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 )

June 1, 2013 – Just gave them some Calcium plus it rained a lot

June 1, 2013 – Just gave them some Calcium plus it rained a lot

 

 
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It seems things have really taken quite well )

If things go well we may end up getting some nice stinky garlic!!

May 5th – We added more cow manure today right at the base of all the garlic stems (scapes), creating 10 rows/mounds of manure. It was then sprayed with organic fertilizer containing Nitrogen, Calcium, Kelp and vitamin B1. This stuff better be good!

May 5th – We added more cow manure today right at the base of all the garlic stems (scapes), creating 10 rows/mounds of manure. It was then sprayed with organic fertilizer containing Nitrogen, Calcium, Kelp and vitamin B1. This stuff better be good!


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Don’t over water the garlic.  In the early months its ok here and there but toward the end in June/July try to keep it on the dry side.

May 9th – Added Urea 46-0-0 pellets to the base of the plants before it rained. After this picture was taken the pellets were combined into the manure mounds.

May 9th – Added Urea 46-0-0 pellets to the base of the plants before it rained. After this picture was taken the pellets were combined into the manure mounds.

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.

May 13th – Garlic plants got a bit bigger. The Nitrogen helped but I have a feeling it is deficient in Calcium because the leaves are looking a little pale and not as green (I know they already have Nitrogen).

May 13th – Garlic plants got a bit bigger. The Nitrogen helped but I have a feeling it is deficient in Calcium because the leaves are looking a little pale and not as green (I know they already have Nitrogen).

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!

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May 17, 2013 – Added some more manure

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.

May 21, 2013 – Threw on a few handfuls of UREA 46-0-0, once every 7 days

May 21, 2013 – Threw on a few handfuls of UREA 46-0-0, once every 7 days

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.

May 27, 2013 – Added more UREA and manure

May 27, 2013 – Added more UREA and manure

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….

May 27, 2013 – Here is The Garlic Chop sitting at the base of some garlic stalks

May 27, 2013 – Here is The Garlic Chop sitting at the base of some garlic stalks

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.

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May 30, 2013 – This garlic is really looking healthy

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.

 

 
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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.

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This Garlic is 2 to 3 weeks old. April 14th 2013.

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And then every week we started to give it more fertilizer high in Nitrogen.  You’ll notice after it rains a lot of vegetation gets really green and grows big.  That’s because rain water is not only negative ions, it also contains large amounts of Nitrogen and many other elements.  Rain water is also considered mild H2O2 aka, Hydrogen Peroxide… in other words it has plenty of oxygen in it and is healthy for days after.  We’ll see if we can later set up the rain barrels and collect some rain from the roof.

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April 26th – Looking pretty good at week 4. Music variety. It almost grew over night after it rained really hard.

 

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April 28, 2013 – This was a good picture, nice height.

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April 30th – it’s getting bigger. I don’t know what’s going on under the ground but things are looking good so far.

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.

 

 
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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.

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Planted November 9, 2013, Sprouted March 25, 2013. Variety is Music.

 

 

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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.

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In this mix we use Bat Guano Vegetative & Flowering althought the Veg. is likely more important because of the high (N)itrigen content. We also use cow manure and dolomite lime to balance the soil.

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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.

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Break up the garlic bulb by pulling apart the cloves. Be careful not to damage the paper skin too much, if you do you can still plant it.

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….

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Garlic has hundreds of varieties. Here are the ones we are trying out: Bogatyr (Spicy), German Red, Russian Red and the most common variety Music.

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.

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Till your soil. Now is the best time to add all your manures, dolomite lime, high nitrogen stuff like guanos or worm castings. Till it about 8″ – 10″ deep. Alternatively, you can also dig trenches and only fertilizer the rows.

 

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Worms are good for the soil. They eat the micro-nutrients and soil stuff leaving behind natures most excellent fertilizer: natural organic worm poop! The more worms you find in your soil, the healthier it is and the more you work your soil, the healthier it gets.

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.

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Dig a row, add some guanos and dolomite lime. About 6″ deep and then back fill with 3″ cow manure.

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.

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Add 3″ of cow manure and even worm casting to this mix and sit the clove of garlic about one to two inches down, pointy side up. This is their home for the winter, until Around mid April when they will sprout.

 

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Mix up the left over soil with some more cow manure and worm castings if you have them. Build mounds about 4″ above the garlic clove (soil surface). Over the winter it will go down to about 2″ above the clove which is perfect.

 

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.

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