Tuesday, January 24, 2017


 Some good news for a change...

This is the raised bed garlic about two months ago, right after I planted it.  

EZ Straw mulch
I had covered it a few weeks later (after I planted the seed garlic) with this EZ Straw.  I LOVE this stuff after I used it last Spring on the other beds.  I ordered it on Amazon HERE because our local Tractor Supply was out.  One of the advantages with ordering it is that the bag from Amazon was much larger.  
We've still got a lot left for future raised beds (here in a few months, ha).

About a month later it looked like this.  
Some of it was coming up but not all...

Raised bed of garlic
And last weekend, it looked like this!  I counted and ALL 36 that were planted are now coming up!  


We should have a lot of garlic, fingers crossed, in a few more months.  I'm going to have to read up on how to harvest it and dry it and put it up for future use.

Anyone have garlic tips?


Janie Junebug said...

Congratulations on all that garlic. I'm glad I don't have to smell it on your breath! I hate it when Willy Dunne Wooters eats onions.


Anne in the kitchen said...

No tips at all though you can dehydrate some and make a fantastic garlic powder from it. I tried making garlic jam once but it didn't set so I accidentally made garlic syrup instead. It was pretty tasty when basted over roasting pork.

donna baker said...

No and it doesn't look like you need any. Growing like a weed. I am jealous of your southern temperatures and early gardening.

Elephant's Child said...

Yum. Very yum. Some of the leaves snipped and added to dishes are tasty too.

Texas Rose said...

Wow, what a beautiful crop! Congratulations!
What variety did you plant?

Practical Parsimony said...

It all looks good. I am still garlic confused. I never mind garlic breath or even peanut butter breath.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Your garlic is coming up nicely!!! I think you're doing well with the garlic and don't need any advise :-)

1st Man said...

LOL! 2nd Man doesn't mind so I'm lucky there, ha. And I love onions too, haha!!

1st Man said...

Ooh, I didn't think about powder, great idea. I would love some garlic jam but dang, garlic syrup sounds delicious too, maybe you discovered something new, ha .

1st Man said...

hA, thanks, I'll probably need help after the harvest on how to dry them properly. Thanks, yep, we have an odd season here, that's for sure.

1st Man said...

OOH, I bet the leaves snipped are a good idea. I wonder when I can do that, I'll have to do some checking on that. Thanks for the tip!

1st Man said...

LOL, that's too funny. I like food so food breath of any kind is ok with me, ha.

1st Man said...

Thanks, maybe we're just lucky this time, we'll see. Harvest time is May(ish) so we'll see what happens then. ;-)

1st Man said...

I think I sent you an email back when we planted them, but here's the original link:


They are "LORZ Italian garlic, supposed to be good for our area. I just checked where I got it from and of course it's out now. I.guess it's seasonal.

Thanks for the encouragement, we'll see how it comes out in a. few more months!

Colleen said...

Looks like you will have a bumper crop.
A recipe that you may need someday.
DIY Insect Spray
1 garlic bulb
1 small onion
1 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper
1 quart of water
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
Chop, grind, or liquefy garlic and onion. Add cayenne pepper and mix with water. Steep 1 hour, strain through cheesecloth, then add liquid dish soap. Mix well. Spray your plants thoroughly, including the undersides of the leafs. Store the mixture for up to a week in a labeled, covered container in the refrigerator.
The ingredients can cause painful skin and eye irritation. When preparing and applying, wear rubber gloves and keep the mixture well away from your eyes and nose.

Valerie said...

Don't know if you have hard or soft neck garlic, but look for the scapes as they mature. The scapes are a curling stalk that comes from the center of the plant, and make lovely additions to a salad, as well as making them into pesto or other garnishes. And growing it invites good luck.

gardening nut said...

If you save some of the larger cloves from this crop, you can plant them, shouldn't need to buy any more.

Redleaf Homestead said...

I dehydrated some once, inside. Never again. I had to repaint to get the smell out of the house. Now I do it outside.

Redleaf Homestead said...

I dehydrated some once, inside. Never again. I had to repaint to get the smell out of the house. Now I do it outside.