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The first harvest of garlic from this morning, about 175 bulbs were ready to be pulled, washed and set out to dry in the sun. There will be at least two more harvests as the rest of the crop ripens.

Surfpirate 8 July 12
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I have a friend with over 40 acres in garlic, she hopes to be able to harvest next year. When did you plant those?

Those went in last October and I planted some more in early spring from the garlic I had through the winter which had started to sprout. It is a pretty good pest deterrent because of the odor and I will plant another 400 hundred this fall.

@Surfpirate That seems to be twice the growth rate as it is here but, that is to be expected when you don't get 6 months of winter, 5 of which can dip to minus 40C.

@HeathenFarmer 6 months and minus 40C, you must be in Wainwright, Alberta - named after a distant relative General Wainwright.




wow, how cool! Do you do garlic wreaths and braids?

I've made a few braids in the past, they are pretty easy to do if you are used to doing ropework and as an old Boy Scout Leader you do a lot of ropework.

@Surfpirate I knew some old boy scouts! I also have done macrame, so I know knots.

@HippieChick58 then it would be easy for you to do the braid as it is just a 3 strand braid.

@Surfpirate and I have daughters so I can do that in my sleep. Or used to be able to do it in my sleep πŸ™‚


After an hour I moved the garlic to a well ventilated area in the back of my garage, too much sunlight will effect the flavour of the garlic but I needed to dry it fast after washing it to get the heavy clay soil off the roots. I left the clay on last year and it was a real pain to get off after it harden like rock.

Surfpirate Level 8 July 12, 2018

That’s a lot of garlic

Donto101 Level 7 July 12, 2018

Are you going to make hanging braids? I used to do that and sell them at Farmer's markets

I always do up a few hanging braids for friends and family, 8 to 10 to a braid.


I love garlic, use it in everything.

kenriley Level 8 July 12, 2018

You will stay healthy, wealthy and wise. πŸ‘

@Surfpirate The wealthy and wise is debatable.

@kenriley keeps spongers away so can't be bad!


That sure is a lot of garlic, looks good though.

Sheannutt Level 9 July 12, 2018

My wife and I were just discussing what to do with the 200 or so bulbs that will be left over after I have planted for next year, put aside for storage through the winter and given away to family and friends. It seems like an awful lot until you have to go out and buy some organic garlic because you ran out in April and none of the garlic you planted will be ready until July.

@Surfpirate I would suggest to use a garlic press put it in a jar put it in the fridge for future use. I have never had two can garlic but if you can buy it in the store already in a jar imagine you can.

@Sheannutt I like my garlic fresh and it keeps for the better part of a year if cured and stored properly. If I were to store some in oil then I would put whole cloves in a mason jar with some hot peppers for that extra kick. If you crush garlic in a garlic press, perish the thought as I always use a French Chef's Knife and crush it fresh with the flat of the blade, then the active oils start to oxidize and much of the flavour is lost if you store it after that, even in the freezer. I like garlic a lot and use it in much of my cooking which is strongly Mediterranean influenced or South East Asian, both of which use a lot of garlic.


I have to give it to you, you don't go part way!

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