Garlic getting pretty tall

Garlic in a 4 x 8 foot raised bed

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.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. I always love stopping by to see your beautiful gardens. It looks like you have another wonderful crop going this year. Continued luck.

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  2. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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!

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        • 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.

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          • 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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