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June 2, 2011

So as of yesterday evening, a lot of my garlic has flopped over and I have a modestly concerning shallot rot trend in one of my side beds.

Considering also that enough of the leaves on the softneck seem to be drying up and dying back, it seemed time to do a sample “lifting”. For the most part the smaller garlic plants were the ones that were farthest along so they became the sample. What this “flopped” garlic looks like before being pulled:


Pretty good considering how skinny the stalks on some of these were.

Softneck on the right, hardneck on the left, shallots on top and the one small elephant garlic head in the front left. This is probably less than 1/4 of the total in the garden this year, maybe 20% or so. It looks like we’ll have enough this year. HA

This fine tray of alliums was moved to the back to cure out fo the sun on the grill; the aroma is phenomenal given the current temps here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. namastemama permalink
    June 2, 2011 10:28 pm

    How many total did you plant? We just have a few from our neighbor. Just wondering what would feed a family.

  2. June 3, 2011 5:19 am

    I think 3 lbs of softneck x roughly 8-9 heads per lb x roughly 8-9 large plantable cloves / head= 200 or so heads?

    I had some hardneck saved from last year as wwell, maybe another couple fo dozen heads to harvest.

    I intentionally over planted this year so that I would have plenty of large heads to save for nest year’s crop. Larger heads = larger cloves to plant = larger heads next year. I a few seasons I should have nothing but monstrous sized heads coming form the back yard.

    As to how much is the right amount to feed a family, I’ll answer in a year lol….

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