Friday, August 24, 2012

The Garlic Harvest

This year has been a different kind of year in the garden. I haven't weeded or mulched as much as I normally do so in between the rows some of the grass has gotten a little out of hand. We're just starting to harvest our produce. Things like green beans, strawberries, broccoli, carrots and peas are coming on now. Normally we have already harvested our peas, back in July, but this year with the later rains and the not so sunny/warm summer they came on very late.

Another thing that has been a little peculiar has been our garlic. I planted seed garlic that I purchased from Azure Standard. This is my 3rd year planting garlic seed from them. I have always been very pleased with how it grows and the size of the yield. I'm sure that it was the strange weather we've had this summer that takes the credit for the garlic being so different.

Our largest bulb measured 3" across and our smallest measured only 1.25"across. Our largest, along with a couple others it's size, was almost 3 times bigger than the little ones! They were all from the same seed and all planted in the same bed so I'm not too sure why some did so well and others did not. Last year, it seemed that all of the garlic was large and did exceptionally well.

We harvested 22 bulbs and that will last us until next August when I harvest again. Now I'll tie all of the garlic up and hang it in the garage for storage and use.
Do you grow garlic? How was your harvest this year?

This post is linked to the Barn Hop.


magnoliasntea said...

Your garlic harvest looks really good!
I'll be planting it for the first time this fall.
Have a great weekend!

FabricFascination said...

I have not planted garlic yet. It was a strange gardening summer here too. The weeds and plants grew together.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I don't have a garden, but I have never thought of growing's interesting to see the different yielded sizes.

May you continue to the enjoy the fruit of your labors! God bless.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I think it looks great, Heather! We love garlic and we'll be planting some this fall for the first time at our new place :)

Amanda said...

Oh how pretty.

We don't grow garlic. Never have. And after ten years of gardeing we always say we are going to plant some bulbs.

And never do.

Seeing these photos inspires me to step up a notch!

Unknown said...

We planted garlic for the first time this last fall. Our yield was not as good as I had hoped, but not bad either. I also purchased our seed from azure and had mixed results. We'll double if not triple what we plant this fall, hoping next year is as good if not better. :)

Christa said...

Your garlic looks wonderful! We didn't plant any this year but hopefully next year we will. The dry weather this year in Tennessee was not good for our garden, so we have very little to harvest. Hope all is well. :) Are you quilting at all?

Amy Dingmann said...

Yay for garlic! It looks great! I've not grown that yet but its on my list. It always amazes me how much the weather is a factor in how certain things grow. :)

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