Monday, October 31, 2011

planting garlic


I have never planted garlic before.  I'm not entirely sure why, it seems to be an easy plant.  This year I decided I would try my hand at garlic, since we use it in almost everything I cook.  I have one small garden bed, about 2'x2', where I planted peas this year.  I took 3 heads of garlic from my CSA share, broke up the cloves, and planted them.  I didn't have any leaves raked up to put on top, so I used newspaper, which I will probably have to move away in the spring.  I'm hoping it works, because how awesome would it be to grow your own garlic?!

I was in a bit of a race this year too...due to the above picture.  You are supposed to plant the garlic late in the year, like the end of October.  I had planned to spend Sunday planting the garlic and raking up leaves at my mom's house and spreading them over the freshly planted garlic, and my almost closed up garden.  Unfortunately, snow was in the forecast.  I rushed to plant it Saturday evening.  The above picture is what we woke up to on Sunday morning, after a night of no power.  I'm glad that I got the garlic in the ground, and I hope that my newspaper will work in place of the leaves!

How about you?  Do you plant garlic in the fall?  And did it snow where you are?  We only got a few inches, and it was all slush.  Emma made a great Halloween snowman though :-)

I am linking up the Homestead Revival's Barn Hop again this week

5 comments:

  1. I planted garlic for the first time this year. I really hope it's as easy as everyone says becuase I would love to have a ton of garlic on hand all year! Plus I have heard not so good things about store bought garlic that comes from other countries! Good luck :)

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  2. Hooray! I can't wait to try some delicious garlic foccacia - you'll make that for me right? Will ya, please????

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  3. We planted garlic not too long ago too! I hope ours both survive the winter ok :) I can't wait to cure and harvest it next year! Thanks for stopping by from the Barn Hop!

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  4. This is our first year in planting garlic too. :) Good luck to both of us! We have not gotten snow yet this year. We are lucky that it passed over Ohio.

    ~Lynn

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  5. I grew garlic this past year and I planted new garlic clove starts last month for next summer. I really enjoyed being able to braid the garlic and pull off a head or clove here and there as I needed it. I got spoiled not having to run to the market for garlic. Good luck. I am sure it will be a great and happy harvest. My Professor says tomatoes are great companion plants for garlic. Garlic should help keep away common tomato pests.

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