About a month ago I planted most of my garlic. This past spring when I harvested the garlic I had it all nicely labeled and grouped according to types. Then when it came time to bring it inside, I was in a hurry because of some weather (if I remember correctly.) It all sat on the screen porch drying in one big group.
There was some garlic growing in one of the flower garden when we moved in. I call it “Kurt’s Garlic” because Kurt was the man that built our house and I know he originally planted this garlic. His garlic has little babies on each bulb. When I pull it up in the spring. I just put those babies back in the group as I pull the garlic and they come back each year. This year I planted some of the cloves from Kurt’s garlic to increase my garlic harvest and to see if the bulbs would be larger if grown from a proper sized clove instead of just the little babies.
I had also planted some new garlic this past spring. Wish I could find the name of it. I bought it in St. Paul, MN when I was home visiting my mom. I know I have the name of it written down somewhere – just not in the garden journal where it should be. That garlic had a wonderful peppery taste at first bite, then calmed to a nice garlic flavor. I know in my mixed up garlic cloves that I replanted some of that. I guess each clove will be a surprise when I cook with it from now on.
I did find some elephant garlic in the grocery store. Boy are those cloves big! It was not organic, but it was from the US so I thought I would give that a try. When I was in California a few weeks ago I found some organic US grown garlic, so I brought that home and it is out there planted already too.
I will try to do a better job at keeping my garlic straight this coming spring. It would be nice to know what I was planting to be able to watch them each develop and be able to see if one is outshining the other in production and size and flavor.
With all this garlic, I do find I am using it a lot more in my cooking than I have in years past. I still have enough to make it through the next 6 months before the next harvest, so that is one things I have succeeded at this year.
With the lack of water and our hot temperatures. Garlic has been a winning crop.
No vampires in my house!