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Digging garlic

This year's garlic

Considering that our clayey soil has hardly had a chance to dry out with all the rain, this year’s garlic is looking good. With Lynn digging away, the first third of the garlic patch is up and stacked to dry in the barn. I’d been worried about rotting (and Con at the market had already reported losing a lot of his to rot), and checking every couple of days for the last two weeks. Maybe 20% of the bulbs are soaked and come up pinkish-brown—dunno how they’ll look when they dry out, but the cloves are fine, so it’s lots of home use and seed garlic at the worst…

Lynn digging garlic



  1. mike

    Thought I’d mention….at the farm I work for, we infuse the garlic w/ some hot peppers (habaneros, cayenne, serranos, whatever) in oil and use it as an insecticidal spray. Works great as a deterrant for a lot of pests…check it out. Maybe some rotted garlic can be salvaged that way…
    Also, I was wondering…did you undercut your garlic before harvesting?

  2. jim

    looks like a great garlic harvest, mine was ok to bad, the early garlic was good with some really good sized bulbs (iberian wight), a french purple variety I bought in a market in france to try in the UK grew really well but had some splitting probably left in the ground just a little to long, but had some massive bulbs. The elephant garlic was very good some bulbs over 400g when picked, however the late and longest keeping garlic is a disaster. The bulbs just haven’t grown. been to wet for to long. 4 x 100ft rows with maybe 25% of a good size. maybe I’ll try your garlic and chilli infusion as a pest control at least they will be of some use then. Great blog I look foreword to your updates and pictures of that nice flat land.
    Cheers jim

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  4. the garlic heads look small. is it just the angle? Do you grow ramps? i’d like to try them but know next to nothing about them.

  5. Rebecca

    I know you plant in the fall when would they be ready to pick

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