Garlic is kind of odd. It’s really pretty easy to grow, but some varieties require long, warm growing seasons. Others do well planted before the freeze. Here in Connecticut, the best way to grow it is to plant it in October and to use a variety that can make it happen in the spring from a winter of happy beginnings. This hits people funny, but damnit.. it’s true. October. Spring plantings can work, but they just won’t be all that bulby or bulbous or bulbened or whatever. Magical things happen to the planted clove when it sits in temperatures 40 F or so for a couple of months. In fact, spring plantings can benefit from some freezer or fridge exposure prior to planting.
Now, every climate is different, but seriously.. here in Connecticut, October. When I planted it last fall, I opted to mulch it with some straw. I removed the straw a few weeks ago because I don’t want the soil to get constantly soggy; it needs to dry a bit.
The variety that I’m using is a hardnecked type called red russian. I get it from Maine and it’s suited to my climate. I’ve got about 65 or so coming up and can’t wait for June! Prior to that I will get the good ol’ scape – the false flower that shoots up. I’ll need to remove it to allow the bulbs to bet bulbier. Scape is delicious and can be cut into pieces for eating. Most recipes use it for pesto, but there’s plenty of other stuff you can do with it.
Here we go! Some pictures. Including my dog and cat who always want to know what’s going on in the garden.