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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

last of the garlic

last garlic 278 I only have a few heads of garlic left from last years harvest. They have been delicious!

I wish this years crop looked better. I forgot to cover it with salt hay and it looks like this was a mistake. Plus I planted very late. Many cloves didn't sprout and it looks like its suffered from drying out with the lack of rainfall this spring.

April garlic  012



Blogger Debbie said...

Hi...I just wanted to say that I'm thrilled to have found your blog through Urban Gardener. I also live near Boston and want to grow some veggies this year.

You are an inspiration. I'm sure I'll learn a lot reading your blog, plus, I love the photos!


April 24, 2012 11:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are rocking the blog these days with spring in Kathy. Loving it :]
I underestimated our dry winter and lost 3 out of 5 of my blue berry bushes. I feel you pain with garlic.
P.S. I don't see the blue egg pictures.

April 24, 2012 3:19 PM

Blogger Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love all your info!! Can't wait to read it all!!

April 24, 2012 7:07 PM

Anonymous Garden Designers said...

Well, these must be delicious.However, i hope your new corp come out good but you must have to be careful next time.

~Aansy Stone

April 25, 2012 1:16 AM

Blogger Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes said...

I too am appreciating the info that you're providing as I am attempting quite a large vegetable garden this year (20x12). I'm learning from you!

April 26, 2012 6:09 PM

Anonymous lee t. said...

how did you store them that they didn't sprout in storage? mine had all sprouted by december...

April 30, 2012 3:42 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I bought a couple large hardneck garlic varieties from Territorial Seed that said they store well. Harvest them when the outer 3 leaves turn yellow/brown. I hang them outside in the sun to cure for about 2 weeks after harvesting. Then I bring them into my basement and leave them hanging there by their dried leaves, cutting them off as I need them. The basement stays dry and cool, summer and winter. Some of my cloves are just now getting a little sprout of green. But there are only 2 heads left :-(

If I had a good crop in the garden now, I could start harvesting "green" garlic now. I found lots of green garlic for sale in farmers markets in the spring in Europe, but have never seen it here.

April 30, 2012 6:18 PM


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