Saturday, October 18, 2008

Time to Plant Garlic

This time of year when everything is dying back, its great to plant something for next summer. Garlic should be planted mid to late October in Maine.

This year I planted two types – Persian Garlic & Music Pink.

Break the bulb into individual cloves. Plant 5-6 inches deep and 4-6 inches apart. I use my bulb planter to make the holes.

In the spring, green tips will emerge. Cut off the flower tips, called scapes,
as they curl. You can use them in recipes instead of a clove of garlic - just chop them up.

Each clove becomes an entire bulb. Garlic is ready to harvest when 5-6 green leaves remain (early August). This year I left mine in too long, and the cloves separated.

Cure in a shady dry place until dry.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I love those garlic shoots. Sorry, no, the granny squares are not intended for you. Would you like some? What would you like made out of colorful granny squares - a blanket, a scarf, a bag, something else?