Posted May 16, 2012 by Jimmy Cracked-Corn in garden, raised bed, sq foot garden, urban homestead, vegetable gardening. Tagged: gardening, garlic, raised bed, scapes. 8 Comments
My garlic is 18 or 20 inches tall now and seems to be growing great! I expect to see the scapes show up any day now. It looks like I need to weed it again. I should have taken the time to re-cover that ground with grass clippings. Ah, well.
Posted by Karen on May 16, 2012 at 7:08 am
I always love stopping by to see your beautiful gardens. It looks like you have another wonderful crop going this year. Continued luck.
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on May 16, 2012 at 7:19 am
Thank you for the wonderful compliment Karen!
Posted by thebeadden on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 am
We have garlic too. Do you eat it fresh or do you dry it first? Any tips for us newbie’s? Thanks in advance.
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 am
After picking the garlic I cure it until the skin papers are dry enough to store. Or by dry do you mean completely dehyrated? I have never dehydrated or powdered my garlic. We just cook with some cloves and save the biggest ones to replant.
Posted by thebeadden on May 16, 2012 at 9:21 am
Just dry, not dehydrate. About how long does it take? We were eating it fresh out of the garden last year and then I read somewhere that it should be dried! Oops!
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 am
Last year I just laid it out on the picnic table where it would get an hour or two of indirect sun each day, and where it would stay dry. I probably left it there for a week, but it might have been done before that. I think the idea is just to get the moisture content of the roots and outside few layers down to near zero, to make a barrier so the moisture on the inside can stay in as long as possible.
Posted by thebeadden on May 16, 2012 at 9:30 am
Thanks, I really appreciate the advice! There is just so much reading and learning to do. Thank goodness for the internet where I can ask and get an answer, knowing the person has actually done it!
Posted by thebeadden on May 16, 2012 at 9:42 am
Thanks! I am going to build an outdoor dryer/dehydrator this summer. (Just because I thought it would be neat to try)
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