- Posted by pete
- On September 12, 2015
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- home grown garlic
I’m a big fan of garlic – in some dishes there’s just no such thing as ‘too much garlic’ – pasta with a cream sauce and avocado being a case in point — but the very best garlic is home grown.
If you have tried it you just don’t what you are missing. Home grown garlic has a smooth tone not sharp at all, but somehow also strong.
There’s never enough home grown garlic at least in our household, so this year I went all out and planted ?? cloves from bulbs I bought from a market. Each bulb has about 12 cloves each, and they are popped into the ground standing on edge with the shoot point up.
The main issues with growing garlic is:
They take a long time to grow: Planted in March and harvested in November – that’s 9 months in the ground! That’s long enough to make a little person.
The garlic patch usually gets covered in weeds and you’ve got to be careful when weeding to avoid accidentally pulling the garlic out with the weeds.
Harvest the bulbs as the stems start to dry off, don’t leave it too late because if the stem dries off completely and falls away you loose its ‘location marker’ and don’t know where the garlic bulbs are! Ive managed to loose a few previously then discovered the unharvested garlic in the following season – It all turned out OK as used them as ‘seed stock’
Storing your garlic is important to ensure it its kept in good condition until needed.
The garlic bulbs need to be kept in a dry cool location
An air-conditioned environment is not ideal