Garlic Fe(a)st

Yummy, yummy, yummy, I love garlic. I love it in all ways, raw, sautéed but I especially love it roasted. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

I do not grow a lot of different vegetables and herbs, my garden is quite shady, but I do grow garlic every year. It is so easy, that I feel slightly guilty even writing about it.  In September, I just push a clove of garlic in, point side up, in rows about 6 inches apart with the cloves 6 inches apart as well.  Thats it, that is all I do.

In the spring they start growing, and growing.  I do cut the scapes off when they start straightening up, they are quite curly at first.  The first year I grew the garlic, I didn’t cut them off, I wanted to see what they looked like.  They were nice, looked like a chive flower, but larger. 
What a mistake, they went to seed, and I had/have a million little garlic seedlings growing in my Kitchen Garden. Never again.

In August, when the 3 or 4 sets of the lower leaves start browning, I dig them up, shake most of the soil off them and lay them out to dry.

After they have been drying for a week, I rub a layer of the old dirty skin off, revealing the fresh white skin underneath, cut the top off and the roots.

If you are curious to see what my garlic looked like last year, I think the bulbs were even larger, you can read about it here.

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42 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Edith Hope said,

    Dearest D, I too share your love of garlic. I have never considered growing it and you make it look and sound so easy. Do you think that it would work in a large pot as I have no space for it in the actual garden? Do you water yours, or just let it get on with it? I should love to try.

    As it is Friday I imagine you heading off later on for Kilbourne Grove. I do hope so.Happy weekend!

    • 2

      Edith, I do not see why you could not grow them in a pot. In Canada, you cannot keep bulbs in a pot over the winter, they freeze, but you can in England, so I do not see why it would not work. My garlic is in the ground, I am not around to water containers on a regular basis.

  2. 3

    Is it that simple? As an avid consumer of garlic, I must dedicated some space to it. I’ll have more room next year as the beds are expanding.

  3. 5

    Catharine said,

    Garlic Envy is upon me.

  4. 7

    Every year I say I am going to plant garlic… I always forget or do not believe I have the soil just right. After reading this and seeing your healthy crop, I will do it this year for sure! You make it sound so easy. Roasted garlic! Yummy is right! Have a lovely weekend Deborah. ;>)

  5. 9

    I had no idea it was that easy, I am also a garlic lover. Your bulbs are lovely. 🙂

  6. 11

    Kyna said,

    I don’t dare plant garlic here. My whole lawn would be taken over. We already have wild onions growing rampant all over the yard. Can’t get rid of them. When Chuck mows, the whole place smells like onions.

    But, I love to eat garlic! I’m Ukrainian, it’s in my blood 😉

  7. 13

    Marguerite said,

    My cousin just sent me an email the other day telling me not to forget to plant my garlic and here’s another post reminding me. I must get out today and buy some for planting before someone else reminds me again! I love garlic and it really is easy to grow, it’s just hard to remember when at this time of year I’m pulling things out of the garden rather than putting them in.

  8. 15

    Wendy said,

    looks beautiful! I can’t wait till the weather cools and it’s garlic planting time again. I actually haven’ been out at all – the mosquitoes have been horrendous. I look forward to fall!

  9. 17

    One of my clients grows garlic and I am a happy recipient. Love the fresh garlic and like to hang it in the kitchen as well. It actually does look pretty decent in the garden, but since you mentioned it, I will be sure to let her know not to let any go to seed.

  10. 19

    Mmmm roasted garlic -You make it sound so easy, dear Deborah! 🙂

  11. 21

    Lynne said,

    I have the same problem as Kyna. It would take over. I am forever pulling “onion” weed out of pots and among plants as it is 😦

    Do you work on the same principle over there as we do in New Zealand? Plant on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest?

  12. 23

    Don’t mind me, Im just eyeballing your garlic. I too looooooooooovvvve garlic, we eat lots of it, yum yum.

  13. 25

    Jennifer said,

    You make it sound so easy that I wouldn’t mind growing garlic next year when I have my vegetable garden set up!

  14. 27

    lovely looking garlic which is so good for you…a little concerned about you eating it raw though…i am thinking of your long-suffering husband…do you kiss him afterwards?

  15. 29

    Grace said,

    Now that is one nice garlic harvest, Deborah. I’m impressed!

  16. 31

    Linda said,

    Wow, I’m impressed, especially since you talk about growing it in some shade. I will have to try growing some. Enjoy all that yummy garlic!

  17. 33

    Anna said,

    Mmmmmmm – thinking of garlic bread as I read this post. My harvest is drying at the moment – looking forward to the eating thereof 🙂

  18. 35

    This is a great idea! I never thought of planting garlic since I am on gardening. I only planted some tomatoes and onions. I really want to try to plant garlic next year and I hope that it will be successful and healthy as yours.

  19. 37

    catmint said,

    has anyone mentioned another important virtue of garlic? It repels vampires! (lol)

  20. 39

    Rose Dipped said,

    How are you going to eat all of those garlic! LOL. Wow. I think it is fun to be in this “fest”! I is really intriguing! By the way, thanks for sharing this post. I just remembered something way back in high school. We tried to make a candy out of garlic! LOL. I won’t mention how it tasted. LOL

  21. 41

    Your garlic is perfect! I try to plant some of it and if it is successful I will really love to plant more. Lol. We need garlic for our daily eating since we always cook dishes that need garlic to be sautéed.


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