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Old 06-26-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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Garlic Harvest


June is time to harvest Elephant garlic. No elephant size this year but the freezer is getting low on supply. This should last about 8-10 years.
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Would the baby garlics in the 2nd photo grow if you cut say a 1/2" under the roots & replanted the root & babies?
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To re-plant, the clove cluster is broken into individual cloves and planted in September - October in gardening zone 6. Usually there are 5 cloves. When i break these apart in a few days after they've dried a little i'll try to remember to post a picture.



The Corms and Seeds are a mystery to me for re-production as i've tried about everything with those so i don't depend on them. I have so much garlic from volunteer i don't bother planting it anymore. A very strange plant. Example: I planted 10 cloves in two rows of 5 cloves each. Not either of those two rows produced in rows but just helter skelter at random. But i've also had garlic in that area for 30 years. As far as i know Corms may make garlic cloves in 3 or5 years but who knows and seeds another mystery.




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Is elephant garlic milder than the regular kind?
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Is elephant garlic milder than the regular kind?
Generally speaking, yes.

I'm looking at getting a veg garden going next spring... Garlic wasn't really on my radar, it is now though, lol
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To re-plant, the clove cluster is broken into individual cloves and planted in September - October in gardening zone 6. Usually there are 5 cloves. When i break these apart in a few days after they've dried a little i'll try to remember to post a picture.



The Corms and Seeds are a mystery to me for re-production as i've tried about everything with those so i don't depend on them. I have so much garlic from volunteer i don't bother planting it anymore. A very strange plant. Example: I planted 10 cloves in two rows of 5 cloves each. Not either of those two rows produced in rows but just helter skelter at random. But i've also had garlic in that area for 30 years. As far as i know Corms may make garlic cloves in 3 or5 years but who knows and seeds another mystery.




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I have a hard time killing things so I plant all kinds of weird stuff. I will plant the bottom of an onion. I've never had corms, though, on garlic.
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I went to youtube and to Hollis and Nancy. The had a big video on garlic and how to cure. I have never grown garlic.....
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In addition to garlic, we have a section of my lower garden which has my leeks growing wild in it. Love leek potato soup.
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Would the baby garlics in the 2nd photo grow if you cut say a 1/2" under the roots & replanted the root & babies?

I've gotta try that. With garlic each of the 5 cloves terminate down on the root end so i would expect 5 separate plants to emerge from that group. That may be equal to leaving one in the dirt at harvest time.



Similar to this pic in 2015 that i have no way in hell of knowing what happened there. Sometimes it comes up volunteer in the yard where i may have cleaned it but this pic was in the garden area. But i can say with certainty if you ever plant it you'll never be without garlic and sometimes it can be entertaining. Snow/cold doesn't bother it but it does enjoy a 6" layer of straw mulch maintained as most gardening plants do.


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Your harvest is a lot more impressive than mine.


Did I read correctly; you freeze it?
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Would the baby garlics in the 2nd photo grow if you cut say a 1/2" under the roots & replanted the root & babies?

That wasn't clear . . . I meant cut 1/2 - 3/4 inch above the roots including the meat of the garlic, plus babies.
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That wasn't clear . . . I meant cut 1/2 - 3/4 inch above the roots including the meat of the garlic, plus babies.
If the Corms are what you are calling babies, not all of those are dangling by a string free spirit but many are embedded shallow in under the skin. Those are easily broken out/off with the thumb for those that's to be consumed.


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Free Spirit corms?
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Your harvest is a lot more impressive than mine.


Did I read correctly; you freeze it?
Yes Sir
That in freezer bags in the O P.



The wife purees the cloves in a processor and bags it for the freezer which makes it easy to just pinch off what she deems necessary at the time and returns the bag to the freezer.





I did find one bag in the freezer that was labeled year 2012 and i suspect it to still be good. Must have been hiding. We kind of have garlic running out our ears but with the 6 ft.virus distancing that may be a good thing.
It kind of makes the garage aromatic for a few days while drying.




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@Colbyt - A farmer's's wife taught me that, too. The flavor is still there & you can just smash the frozen clove into pieces, with little effort. The side of a kitchen knife works well.
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