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#4452792 - 07/07/17 09:16 PM Garlic crop coming in strong
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Registered: 07/27/06
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Loc: Virginia
I have now harvested 70% of my garlic, the remaining 130 bulbs being Music with a few more days to go. These are about two weeks earlier than normal, probably due to our unusually warm winter and spring. I have them curing on my covered porch, with tables arranged to block wind blown rain, and a fan on a timer to help air circulation (first photo).

The crop is larger than normal, with most bulbs 2.5 inches plus and some over 3 inches. The first garlic photo below is Russian Red (marked "R"), the second is Estonian Red (marked "EST"), and the third is Music (marked "M"). Once cured I will brush them clean, trim them, and store in my cellar.

I reserve the largest 100 bulbs for seed, another 100 bulbs for a friend, 50-100 for use in canning, and the remaining 200 for table stock throughout the year. I am still eating the last dozen bulbs from last year's smaller crop. There is just the two of us but we eat a lot of garlic! Should live to 150. grin2

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#4452796 - 07/07/17 09:18 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Impressive!
How big of plot to grow this many?
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#4452799 - 07/07/17 09:19 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Why the need for the fan?
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#4452808 - 07/07/17 09:27 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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That's a lot of garlic. I figure we go through about 10 lbs per year ($45)....with 2/3 of that going to me. Cheap insurance.
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#4452818 - 07/07/17 09:33 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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#4452821 - 07/07/17 09:35 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: salesrep]
Tom NJ Offline


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Originally Posted By: salesrep
Impressive!
How big of plot to grow this many?


Five 50' rows, each with 95 bulbs spaced 6" apart in rows 12" apart. Total is 250 sq ft.

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#4452824 - 07/07/17 09:36 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: salesrep]
Tom NJ Offline


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Originally Posted By: salesrep
Why the need for the fan?


Just to increase air flow to dry down (cure) the garlic before storage.

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#4452835 - 07/07/17 09:43 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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That looks great. I've only seen commercial garlic growing/harvesting practices so it's fun to see a large amount of homegrown.
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#4452850 - 07/07/17 09:57 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Tom, you're giving me flashbacks to potato harvesting as a kid. wink
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#4452883 - 07/07/17 10:43 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Better than garlic from china smile

Looks awesome!


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#4452884 - 07/07/17 10:49 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Nice!
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#4452896 - 07/07/17 11:20 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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That's very interesting. I may try this on a (much) smaller scale.

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#4452913 - 07/07/17 11:29 PM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Sour, vinegar-pickled garlic is one of the most delicious foods I've ever tasted, and I pine for it often.

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#4452988 - 07/08/17 02:24 AM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Yum....
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#4453081 - 07/08/17 07:18 AM Re: Garlic crop coming in strong [Re: Tom NJ]
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Registered: 02/12/13
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Loc: Virginia
Great looking garlic - those bulbs are huge. I'm a hot pepper man myself - Ghost pepper, Habanero & Scotch Bonnet, Cayenne, Jalapeno etc. My stuff has been growing great this year too - I think the CO2 increase in the atmosphere has helped plants in general.
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