July 31st, 2011

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

This weekend we harvested our first batch of garlic, and we’re pretty sold on having it as a regular in our garden. One of the big benefits to living on the west coast is that garlic is a pretty amazing zero effort crop. We planted (probably a little late) last November and allowed it to over-winter. These are all soft neck so we didn’t have any scapes this spring, meaning that yesterday was the first time we did anything with the garlic since November. So now after a couple hours of work harvesting and braiding (we’ll need to work on our technique), we have almost thirty heads curing in our pantry. A few of these will be kept to be planted next year, probably with a couple other varieties.

Our giant cardoon

All summer, we have had crazy issues wrangling our cardoon… It got huge, really huge. We were expecting a large plant, but now in its second year is safely more than ten feet tall and at least as wide. So we’ve been considering moving it by next spring. We like having something there with a little height but want something that will be less aggressive at moving out into our entry walkway, so we’re looking at a yuzu. We’ve been trying to figure out how to put a yuzu in… to fit one more tree in our yard. As a citrus that is hardy to well below freezing, its pretty appealing, and we’ve really enjoyed having fresh lemons from our ecoroof, so expanding our citrus making capabilities sounds pretty great.

1 Comment

  1. Looks like a great garlic crop! Even at 5,000 feet in Westwood, we can get garlic to overwinter with just a few inches of straw mulch to ease it through the cold snaps. And in the spring, garlic scapes busting through the mulch represent the first jolt of green in the garden.

    Comment by Kirsten — August 9, 2011 @ 17:31

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