Tuesday, March 16, 2010

When to Harvest Last Fall's Garlic?

Quick gardening question. Remember the garlic I planted in buckets last year?

If I planted the garlic last fall, isn't the garlic ready this spring? When do you think would be a good time to pull up the bulbs?

Maybe I'll just give a call to the Grow It Eat It Network with the UMD Extension.

Who ya gonna call? Master Gardeners!

Afternoon Update:

Thanks to the beauty of Twitter, I now know that the garlic should be ready to harvest sometime around July. Yay for @redhousemaria and @LizEnslin.

Liz even reminded me that the garlics will send up big shoots (or scapes as they are called) that are ready to harvest before the garlic is. You can chop them up and use them like scallions in salads, omelets, etc.

If this post gives you the hankering to start some garlic of your own, you can still plant garlic in the spring. The garlic will be a little smaller than the fall-planted heads, and I did read on some sites that the garlic needs to be chilled first to mimic winter.

I googled "spring garlic planting" and found a variety of advice.

Kind of funny that if all goes well I will only have five heads of garlic. Container gardening is starting to feel a bit cramped!

Ah well, I figure that last year I did container gardening, this year I will have a small garden plot, and next year... who knows!

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