Whew. Garlic got planted last week - just before the snow fell!
I'm about six weeks behind my usual garlic planting schedule, which is normally around Columbus Day. The garlic guru from Wooleylot Farm said that garlic can be planted as long as the ground is workable. The unseasonably warm weather we've had has made the ground easily worked until just a few days ago.
This is the third year I've planted this garlic that I originally bought from Wooleylot Farm. Each year I plant the cloves from the biggest and best bulbs. Because of this, each early summer I've been rewarded with bigger and more lovely garlic bulbs. It would have been a shame to not get in this year's planting!
Its easy to plant garlic. Make a shallow trench about 3 inches deep and place the cloves in it, six inches apart. Be sure to plant the cloves pointed end up. If you plant them upside down, they will grow but will be misshapen and smaller than they should be. You'll see the top of the clove makes a u-turn to reach the sky! Rake soil back over the cloves, so that they are covered by 2 inches of soil.
Finally, mulch with 3-4 inches of organic material such as straw, alfalfa hay, or grass clippings. My garlic is well mulched so hopefully it will get a chance to develop a bit of a root system before the ground gets too hard.
Once you've tasted and cooked with freshly grown garlic you become spoiled and don't want to use any other. Plus, I plant a hardneck variety of garlic and it would be a shame not to have those wonderfully tasty spring scapes!
|Garlic scapes and venison steaks...mmmm.|
“My final, considered judgment is that the hardy bulb [garlic] blesses and ennobles everything it touches - with the possible exception of ice cream and pie.”
Angelo Pellegrini, 'The Unprejudiced Palate' (1948)