The Great Garlic Harvest

Last October we put some cloves of garlic in the ground and wondered what would happen. They sprouted, endured a massive winter storm, and made it to July, which was my harvest date (that’s what I remember reading in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, anyway.) Alicia was dying to pull it out of the ground, so I finally relented and let her dig it all up. It was pretty amazing… tons of huge heads of garlic; each one grown from a single clove put in the ground 8 months ago.

Like any good farmer’s wife, Alicia decided the next thing to do was braid them together, so now we’ve got enough garlic to last us through the year, looking like a million bucks. Plus, not to get too Ominvore’s Dilemma on you, but a recent pack of garlic we bought was grown in China. Really? This batch should get us through the year, I’d imagine, hopefully with enough to plant next year’s in the fall.

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  • Stella

    I’m impressed!

    Comment | July 20, 2009
  • Im just starting to try a hand at my own gardening and I read about planting garlic bulbs to grow garlic… how deep does the soil need to be for them? and you got ALL that garlic from one clove?!

    Comment | April 7, 2010
  • dan

    These are just in a bed dug out of our yard, so soil 8 inches or a foot deep should be more than adequate. Each head of garlic grows from a single clove, but all told it was probably only 3 or 4 heads of garlic from the local market that we planted.

    Comment | April 7, 2010

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