I think this might be the biggest crop of garlic I’ve ever grown. And by biggest, I mean the size of the bulb — at least 3 inches across, with many of them spanning over 4 inches! (And no, this isn’t elephant garlic — which, oddly, is not a true garlic but a type of […]
Have you harvested your garlic yet? After curing and cleaning off my crop this season, I came across these tiny bulbs of Siciliano Artichoke garlic.
Right around this time of year, bundles of garlic scapes abound at farmers’ markets all over, but if you grow hardneck garlic at home, you might notice the same curious tendrils shooting out of your garlic bulbs. The scapes (also called garlic shoots, stems, stalks or spears) are a garden foodie favorite and can be […]
You waited seven, maybe nine months, for all that homegrown garlic to finish growing. Now that you’ve dug it all up, you want to savor it for as long as possible until the next garlic crop is ready. This is when curing becomes your friend. Curing is the process of letting your garlic dry down […]
After a particularly rainy and dismal spring, followed by May Gray (the sometime predecessor of California’s coastal June Gloom), a small patch of my garlic plants started developing white and yellowish-orange flecks on their leaves. These flecks intensified, spread to neighboring garlic plants, and soon were infecting entire leaves, causing some to wilt and die […]
Your garlic cloves went in the ground last October, grew through winter and spring, and now that it’s July, they’re ready to be plucked from the garden, right? Well, ready-ish. Garlic is one of those things where timing is everything, and the harvest period can span from late spring through late summer, depending on the […]
I love garlic in everything. There’s no better smell in the kitchen than the smell of garlic (and onions!) sauteed in olive oil and wafting through the air. So of course, growing garlic — lots of it — was definitely in the plans for this season.