Last fall , mid ~ October I guess..I planted 3 types of garlic..
Bell garlic,named after our friends in Ontario that grow this kind..they had sent us some to taste..in December 2013 I think..then in 20 14..they sent us some to eat and plant..
I have named it our Belle garlic:) in my head.
In 2014..I went to a local farm and bought a few kinds of garlic for us..artisanal garlic I call it..I loved every variety..but in the long run preferred their larger varieties..
I saved a few cloves of Rocambole Mix.. and German White.
German White is the largest.
Every clove I planted..grew.. I have just over 20 bulbs..
next year I hope to double my harvest.
I have enlarged the bed..and will add some to my potager also.
I have added some Red German ...bought at our small local Thursday market and it's a beauty.
One of my bulbs split..and I decided to try and watercolor the misfit..
I then thought...make tags~For each kind..not that I think I will forget as there are only 3 varieties and the Rocambole has a pink tint to it..the German is biggest and the Belle..e..is the one I have most of~
But I wanted to see it ..loved and named in Rose Cottage where I had hung my bunches to dry..:)
Fresh garlic is delicious and beautiful ..
All cleaned up it shines.
Pristine.And no chemicals..Bio:)
Our little tomatoes are coming to fruition also..notice my hand model?:)
I pop them in my mouth and enjoy just like that,
They are far happier here than the Pineapple tomatoes I am growing..which are not many..and huge..and having a hard time turning red.
I HATE that the squirrels ate my eggplants and peppers and are now snacking on the cherry tomatoes..come on.
The first things I made with my garlic..( squirrels do not like garlic..)was the marinade for M's birthday chicken brochettes..a recipe she found..
so good..I used fresh garlic..
and the caesar salad dressing for her bday..no raw eggs..this recipe..which I added anchovy paste to.
Great garlic makes a big difference.It's good..
It is so easy to grow..
Meanwhile the lilies are at their last hurrah..the echinops are in full global bloom;)
Japanese Anemones ..swaying in the breeze~
But truth be told..things are starting to look prematurely tired.
My peony leaves are changing color..way too soon.
Did you know that you can bake bread in any food safe oven proof vessel?
I made a mini sun-dried tomato,rosemary one in that neat cup M gave me.
Turned out well:)
Most home made breads.. w/ garlic butter..on the grill?
So all this to say..if you like garlic.and have a sunny empty spot somewhere,try and get local garlic although my Bell garlic is native of 6 hours away..and did super well..
then plant in mid October if your zone is like mine..one clove will give one bulb..
I do have one word of advice..I started worrying about my garlic when we had day after day of torrential downpours..
so the first sunny morning..I harvested..nothing was rotting and I should have waited for a few consecutive dry days..makes cleaning so much easier!
Mid to end of July of the following year..ta-da!♥