How to Grow, Harvest and Cure Garlic


| 7/29/2016 4:11:00 PM


Tags: garlic, curing, alliums, fall gardening, garden planning, Utah, Felicia Rose,
Harvesting Garlic

One September afternoon about 4 years ago, we were in the grocery store searching for garlic. We had no interest in powdered garlic, dried garlic or minced garlic in oil. Nor did we want imported garlic or garlic cloves already peeled. What we wanted was a bulb of garlic, organic and locally grown. We returned home with none.

The next weekend, we roamed though the gardeners’ market in town. Several farmers had garlic for sale. We purchased a bulb for a dollar, a fair price, we thought. But the cloves were the size of peas.

Since we were in the process of establishing a garden on our northern Utah homestead, we wondered if we could grow the allium ourselves. Being new to gardening, we doubted it. If the established farmers at the gardeners’ market failed to grow ample bulbs, perhaps the soil or climate forbade it. Still, we decided to try.

Choosing Garlic Varieties

We consulted with an organic seed and bulb catalogue about which types to plant. Since we live in a Zone 4 climate, we chose hardneck varieties with a penchant for cold. These included 'German Extra Hardy' and 'Russian Red'. We also chose 'Italian Music' for its beauty and name.

Planting Garlic

The catalogue company mailed us the bulbs in mid-October and we planted them soon after that. (In warmer climates, garlic should be planted later in autumn or even in winter.) All three varieties grew well. Now, four seasons later we continue to grow them. Here’s what we do.

We decide on a sunny patch in the garden, and preferably one where we haven’t grown onions, leeks or other alliums for two or 3 years. (We have grown garlic in the same bed two years in a row without any issues, but some farmers recommend against it.)


dave
7/30/2016 6:43:26 PM

I have had garden,s that were og garlic one year I started with 200 cloves by the next year I had replanted 500 cloves and started the scales seeds from 50 of my best scapes by year 3 we planted 1800 cloves plus over two thousands scape seeds from year two. I had so much garlic I was thinking that loads so started selling them at local market all gone in about 60 days. I lost the use of land we had rented so did not replant. I am a ferm beleiver in being taught by an expert and he was called the garlic man. He died some three or four years ago buthis memories and guidance I teach those that want to know.


dave
7/30/2016 6:42:52 PM

I have had garden,s that were og garlic one year I started with 200 cloves by the next year I had replanted 500 cloves and started the scales seeds from 50 of my best scapes by year 3 we planted 1800 cloves plus over two thousands scape seeds from year two. I had so much garlic I was thinking that loads so started selling them at local market all gone in about 60 days. I lost the use of land we had rented so did not replant. I am a ferm beleiver in being taught by an expert and he was called the garlic man. He died some three or four years ago buthis memories and guidance I teach those that want to know.




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