This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

garlic in april

garlic in april 150

It looks like it'll be a fantastic year for garlic. Maybe its the big fancy (expensive) bulbs I mail ordered, or maybe it was a good winter for garlic. Maybe both. It seems it was a fairly average winter here - not overly cold, good snow cover and then an early, warm, sunny and very wet spring. Anyway, the plants are big and healthy looking.

I counted today about 100 garlic plants in my plot. Maybe too many, but in past years I haven't had near enough, so I'm still working out how much I can use. I'm hoping to be able to save my own bulbs for planting next year. Maybe 10% will be for replanting and I won't have to pay the high price of seed bulbs. I bought very nice quality garlic last fall from Territorial.

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Anonymous Chiot's Run said...

I also got garlic from Territorial last fall. So far so good on the plants. Not quite as big as yours, but we're a little behind on weather I think.

I'd love to grow enough to save for planting, but I'm not sure if I have the space. Maybe when I expand the edible gardens into the front yard.

April 17, 2010 4:01 PM

 
Blogger ~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

My garlic is doing very well also. It's really grown in the last two weeks. I simply planted it from saved cloves of last year's crop.

April 17, 2010 4:12 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Great to expand into your front yard with edibles! My neighbor down the road just turned over her whole front yard for vegetables. She had a nice vegetable garden there last year too. Not a common sight, but I love it.

April 17, 2010 4:42 PM

 
Blogger Daphne said...

I think it is a really good year for garlic so far. Mine is doing really well this year. I even had no winter kill at all.

April 17, 2010 5:39 PM

 
Blogger Rachel said...

Yes, a good year for garlic indeed! Mine is bigger than I've ever seen it before - up to about mid-thigh already. I should go count how many we planted. We never have enough.

April 17, 2010 9:23 PM

 

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