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Plant: Garlic (Allium sativum) |

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Varieties & Quantities:
14 Rosewood
14 Rosy Musik
59 Musik (14 + 45)
14 Georgian Fire
45 Phillips
45 German Extra Hardy
30 Georgian Crystal
15 German White

I grow only stiff neck varieties as I don’t like the ‘artichoke’ configuration of cloves on soft neck garlic heads.

For over 15 years I’ve been able to use my crop to reseed the next years bed, have enough for all my culinary needs and supply friends with ‘gifts’.

However, when I harvested my 200 (give or take) heads of garlic in August of 2010 I realized (unfortunately, too late) that I had made a mistake that, though I didn’t know it at the time, caused me to not have enough garlic to both replant and have enough to eat until I could harvest again. I will never make this mistake again. Here’s what happened: I had been growing garlic for over 10 years. Each year, when it came time for me to select from my harvest, those heads of garlic that I would be using to seed my next year’s crop, I opted to select those heads that had the largest cloves without giving any consideration to the number of cloves on each head. Over the years, I was getting heads of garlic with very large cloves but instead of 5-7 cloves per head, I was getting 3-5 cloves per head. No matter how large the cloves on my 200 (+-) head were, it was not going to make up for the fewer cloves that each head was producing.

So, now I am careful to initiate balance when selecting garlic seed for my future crop.

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  • Cherokee_Motley

    Cherokee_Motley wrote:

    What a great Garlic Patch…. I think garlic is the easiest plant in the world to grow. I actually took a year off and I just ran out of garlic in the last month. But since I don’t have a new crop coming up it is off to the supermarket for the next year or so. (Booo)

    Posted on 29 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    I agree….it’s a sad day when I have to go to the supermarket for garlic. Luckily, I have a couple of farmer friends I can ‘hit up’ if/when I fall short. It’s only happened once. Thank you for your comments on my garlic. Makes my day!

    Posted on 29 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

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Jackson Town, Waldo County, Maine

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