Tuesday, July 26, 2011
2011 Garlic Harvest
I finally pulled my garlic this past weekend. The weather was perfect for it - hot and dry. I grew three hardneck varieties this year and over 60 cloves. Despite the initial spotty check, I am VERY pleased with the final results. Most of the bulbs were just as big, if not bigger, than the ones we harvested last year. And thankfully there doesn't appear to be any signs of disease.
I find growing garlic to be very satisfying, partly because saving seed (or should I have 'clove') couldn't be any easier. Unlike other veggies, you don't have to wait for the garlic plants to wither and die completely before you have a stock for next year's crop. Most the the cloves planted in November came from last summer's harvest. Hopefully we'll be able to continue this process on for many years to come.
'Bogatyr' - This is a new variety I'm trying this year. I was unsure as to how it would perform since one of the two bulbs I received from Seed Savors Exchange was less than half the size of the other. Interestingly, all of the bulbs pulled were of a good size.
'Pskem River' - This is my second year growing this garlic. Out of the three varieties I have, Pskem River is undoubtedly the prettiest in form and color. I had spotty results growing it last year as less then half of the 9 or so cloves I planted went on to produce useful bulbs. I saved what I had to grow this year and thankfully, the results were worth the sacrifice.
'German Extra Hardy' - What it lacks in an interesting name, it more than make up for in reliability. This garlic accounts for about half of my crop this year and I'm very satisfied by how it has performed thus far.
I'm thinking of adding two more garlic varieties to my collection. If you have any suggestions, let me know!