I pulled up all our garlic today, except for one late variety. I am very pleased with the results. Last year my mom had given me some starts and we planted them in the spring and harvested them in the summer. The garlic was much smaller, but we didn’t care.
Last fall we got our garlic planted at the right time and we added complete organic fertilizer to the soil. It’s amazing how much bigger the bulbs were for this year’s harvest. This is only the second time we have grown garlic but I can’t imagine not having it out in the garden from now on. It doesn’t need watering (in our climate), is easy to keep weeded, and has few pests. (Other than pocket gophers.)
Now we will have the hard task of trying out the varieties we planted and seeing how much we like them (yummy). Of course, when it comes time to plant again this fall, I will probably have to plant some new garlic varieties as well.
Two weeks from now when the garlic has dried, I will braid them and hang them in my kitchen. It’s nice having garlic cloves close at hand when you are cooking.