Jeff LaPorte

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Southern Ohio, Zone 6a
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Heres a couple of videos that might help. One is a 2000 year old food forest in morroco the other is a 300 yr old food forest in Vietnam.


4 years ago
I'm not sure about eating them. Never tried em but for certain you can plant them just like you do cloves and the next year to 3 years will end up with a divided bulb. I have divided bulbs from my garlic bulbils that I plants last fall.
When harvesting your garlic cut the scapes as low as possible above the leaves on the garlic plant. Stick them in water to finish them off. When finished let em dry thoroughly and then rub them between your hands to loosen the bulbils from the umbrel. Plant them in the fall as you normally would the cloves and wait to see what you get next year.

If you only get a round next year just plant it back again in the fall or depending on your zone you can just leave it in the ground and mulch it for overwintering.

If you would like to make seed then thats a slightly different process. You will need to remove the bulbils in order for the umbrel to make seed instead. It wont make both. Growing from Clove or bulbil is like making a clone of the original. Growing from seed will be a different variety. Every seed will produce a different variety of garlic even if they are only slightly different. Like the offspring of anything really.

http://garlicseed.blogspot.com/p/growing-garlic-from-true-seed.html There's a good link for learning how to make seed for anyone interested.

The photo is just a picture of an umbrel producing the bulbils. Enjoy
4 years ago
Looks like your well on your way to success. We all learn by doing and sometimes trial and error helps us learn what not to do.

As others have said, use only chips that have been sitting 2-3 years. If you do use them your first year you want you paper or cardboard, then a layer of compost then a layer of topsoil and then your chips. Pull your chips aside when planting and do not move around your plants until they are well established.

This is my 3rd year using this system and I wont use anything else. Its very easy although labor intensive up front. Last year I didnt water my garden even in the heat of summer. I never needed to. I can just move soil around with my hands when I want to plant. When I harvested my garlic last year I just stuck my hands into the soil and pulled it up. Weeding is a breeze too. Now I have clover all over my beds so my weeding is very minimal. Most of the time I just leave the clover to grow or pull it and lay it back down. In any event I can weed a 4x8 bed in about 5 minutes.

When I got started I lucked out and they were trimming trees on my road. Now I just add manure to the heaps of woodchips I have and use them as needed. I usually let them sit 6 months at least first. This year I started a new garden area and used my chip/manure mixture from last year on top of topsoil i had purchased. Maybe I lucked out with the topsoil but everything is doing great. We've had a very wet spring and so far early summer and my garden is also not in a great location. I live in a forest on a hillside so I have some sunlight issues. So far this garden has surpassed my expectation. Tomatoes are over 5' tall already and setting fruit very well. I am already pulling peppers but that from plants I had grown last tear and dug up and saved in the house for the winter.
Anyway, everything is doing great and I havent ever had a soil test done but havent ever had a problem.. Your definitely moving in the right direction and once you get it dialed in you will be happy you did this. Its really nice not having to till every year.
I do all of my gardening by the moon phases. I dont have an answer to your question but I am sure it makes a difference based on my experience with other plants. I use LLEWELLEN's book as my guide.
4 years ago
Thank you mariamne.. Its nice to be here. Been perusing this site for awhile now. I have a solar passive home on almost 20 acres and am working on building a permaculture food forest. Gardens and fruit trees are in but I have a lot to learn before I move forward anymore. Lots of questions that I am currently trying to research.
I like your idea of a local permie gathering. Be a great way to exchange ideas and bring fresh ideas onto each others properties if we could somehow do a rotational gathering of some sort.
4 years ago
Ross county here. In the chillicothe area. Welcome.
4 years ago