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. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

fresh garlic bulbs

fresh garlic bulbs

These beautiful bulbs were give to me by a fellow community gardener. I didn't realize garlic could be pulled this early, with the clove wrappers still thick. Maybe its just that they aren't good for storage if pulled before the wrappers dry. In any case, its delicious!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow they are so big already. I pulled one of mine and they were nothing like this. They are beautiful!

June 24, 2010 10:50 AM

Anonymous Lynn Mc. said...

I by garlic this time of year at the farmer's market. They called it spring or green garlic. The wrappers are soft but eventually dry out. It's the best!

June 24, 2010 12:07 PM

Blogger Matron said...

I've picked my first early purple garlic and they are drying out nicely on the patio in hot sun. Really lovely, hard bulbs - I'm just thinking of the best way of eating some. I think when I have a couple of days off work I will have a lovely garlicky salad dressing on home grown lettuce!

June 24, 2010 4:08 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

Oh wow, how exciting!

June 24, 2010 5:45 PM

Blogger Abbey said...

Kathy, I've been following your blog for almost three years and I want you to know how much I appreciate the quality you put into your journal. Your photos are amazing. You take extra steps to create the most appealing layout and content. Your entries are the perfect mix of instruction and inspiration, and you are so faithful to post. And even though it's your blog and your garden, you embody the social media mantra, "Ask not what your online community can do for you, but what you can do for your online community." It’s a privilege to be able to look in on your work.
I recently launched a garden blog and my goal is for it to match the standards you’ve set. Thanks for the inspiration.

June 28, 2010 10:40 AM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Garlic can be pulled and eaten almost anytime! I start in the spring, when it's the size of spring onions and keep harvesting every few weeks. When it's too young to harvest the roots, you can harvest the greens. In this way you have fresh garlic almost all year round.

What you show in the picture will probably store okay if you dry it out.

Since for winter storage or replanting you want the largest bulbs, generally you grow these from the largest cloves of the largest bulbs and let them fully mature.

For early harvest I always have a separate area where I plant the smaller cloves. I usually plant these two to three times as close together, then thin as I harvest.

June 29, 2010 3:18 AM


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