As Matthew noted in a previous guest post on growing garlic, recommendations for planting next year’s garlic crop in our region range from August through October (i.e., plant in fall of 2012 for June 2013 harvest). October feels appropriate, with vampires on the prowl for Halloween.
He planted this past Saturday (October 13th), just a few days after last year’s planting date. The previous weekend, he prepared the soil and set up a twine grid as a guide — neat and precise.
He saved the biggest cloves from the biggest, healthiest bulbs (we eat the “rejects”). These, in turn, should generate mores bulbs with large cloves, so that eventually all the garlic we grow will have nice, big cloves.
I peeled the very outer layer of papery skin off of the bulbs and gently separated the cloves. Matthew and his mom planted over 100 cloves of garlic (which means we should harvest more than 100 bulbs come June), and we still have a nice amount for eating, though I imagine we’ll run out before we harvest the 2013 crop.
The little gardener came out (sans pants) after his nap to make sure they followed proper planting protocol, and he declared the garden a vampire-free zone, adding that we could leave the biting and sucking to him.