A good way to extend the store life of garlic is to cold smoke it,similar to smoking a ham. This process also inhibits the sprouting, so you can extend the usability od the garlic also.
Jeff Barnett wrote:yes store garlic works but some places use growth inhibitors to inhibit sprouting, for improved shelf life.
Valerie Dawnstar wrote:Well, now I want to know how you close you plant the garlic in the strawberries without disturbing them?
And -- I know garlic is planted in the fall but is there an optimum range of time for this? I would imagine you would want to plant it well before first frost.
Ken Peavey wrote:I break apart the bulbs then set in in a shallow pan of water for a few days. This gets roots started, followed by the first green shoot. When shoot is a few inches long, I put them in the ground, mulch deeply so that only the top inch is exposed. Rarely do I find any empty spots where a plant failed.
Heat from a bed should not affect the garlic. Being in the top few inches, as long as it is good and cold for a couple weeks, the bulbs should not be affected. Shallow planting will let the cold get to the clove. Gotta have that for the clove to form multiple cloves for the bulb. If it does not get the cold, you'll just grow a marble. You can cheat by putting the garlic in the fridge for a couple weeks.
the scapes mature too much before trimming them, as they had plenty of time to toughen up. This is the first mistake I made that I won't repeat next year! It was still nice to be able to taste the spicy, garlic-y sap that ran from the cut scapes. I pulled the garlic when half of the leaves on most of the plants were dying back (around mid/late-August if memory serves; I need to get better at record-keeping!) and hung them upside-down in bundles of 3 from the tire rack in my garage. None of them were smaller than a child's fist.
When I want to expand my crop for any reason I go straight to the source-> a local dude named Norm who has some of the only garlic in the valley that's better (bigger +healthy) than mine! That is the same variety and grown with heavy mulch and little water without chemicals. He does have rich chemical free cow manure soil, which is a big plus. His price is 25 bulbs for $30, uncleaned, just pulled up. Once he has cleaned them and cured them he sells the bulbs at $14/ lb, which is considerably higher. Because of problems that were not related to the garlic itself, last year we didn''t plant a lot of garlic (for me) for this last season, and so I bought 75 heads this year from Norm. This should expand the crop quite nicely.
Starting out, the price of seed bulbs can seem high. You are looking at 10 bucks a pound for the good stuff. A pound will easily get you 50-100 plants.
A child's fist is pretty small in my mind, but then there are some pretty big kids around. I have pretty small fists but I fit into most adult gloves, though some 'one size fits all' gloves are a bit big for me. Just to give an idea that my hands are more fit to be a clerk then the woodsman, farmer, and railroad laborer that I've become. Ladies leather work gloves tend to be a better fit for me. All that said, my fists are smaller than some other guys; Brian, who I work with has fists twice the size of mine, but he's a huge dude.
None of them were smaller than a child's fist.
tel jetson wrote:forgot about scapes. pulling scapes out should make bigger bulbs, too.
... I've attended a few field days, and when I learned about nematodes the first time, I also learned they can live several years in the soil, so "practicing at least a four year rotation is recommended." That's ONE tip I wish I'd learned earlier. Since I'm not selling seed garlic, it's not worth the cost of testing, but also since I have enough ground, I've been rotating ever since. I don't THINK my garlic is infected, but I can't help but wonder at some of the slightly yellowed clove papers (and so have been culling those before I replant.)
many of the big garlic farms in new york state, where a lot of seed garlic is grown, had some really bad disease issues this year.