Growing Garlic 2013 – Growing June Part1

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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