by Nicole Wines
Every fall the Raíces EcoCulture crew plants our garlic. We usually use “el día de los muertos” (Day of the Dead) as our marker and try to get it in on that day or soon after. This year, we waited until the Friday after the Day of the Dead, and wanted to share a quick update and links to garlic planting info for D.I.Y. Fridays. You can check out photos from our annual planting day below.
Garlic is a relatively easy crop to grow. You plant the nicest, largest cloves saved from last year’s harvest and if all goes well, each one will grow to a full head of garlic. It’s special to cook with your own homegrown garlic, especially when you find a variety you really love (our favorites are Music and Northern White-delicious hardneck varieties with large cloves that store well). We cure and save our own garlic from year to year. This year we planted 11 different hardneck varieties, all saved from last year’s planting.
PLANT YOUR OWN GARLIC
If you are inspired to grow your own garlic, here are links we use for useful info on planting, caring for, harvesting, curing and saving seed stock:
- Planting garlic-quick info guide from High Mowing Organic Seeds
- How to choose varieties for planting, site preparation and planting info from High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Detailed Garlic Growing Guide from Boundary Garlic Farm
- Curing and Storing Garlic from Boundary Garlic Farm
- Photo guide to planting garlic from Seed Savers Exchange