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Falling garlic

By Penny Stine

I spent all day on Saturday working in my garden. We were gone for two weekends in a row, which gave the weeds, grass and other random things plenty of time to throw a party and invite all their friends to my garden. I think I see golden amaranth in this pic, as well as one tiny morning glory sprouting and lots of little elm trees. I hate elm trees. My neighbor has a really large one, so I've got thousands of baby elms sprouting in my yard, garden, flower pots, cracks in my sidewalk and everywhere else. 

 

Before I weeded, I decided to go pick all the carrots and beets that were still in the ground from last year. I was alarmed to discover that the garlic was falling down and looked like it was dying!

Then I remembered, oh yeah, that's what it does. You have to let it die on top so the bulb underneath gets a little bigger. These particular ones died so thoroughly that I had a hard time finding the bulb last year, which is why they're growing in this bed again this year.

 

 

 

This is the garlic I intended to grow this spring. (in front and to the right of the columbine and catmint) It hasn't begun to die back yet, nor has it formed the curly scapes. I planted one variety of softneck and one hardneck. I can't remember where I planted which ones, but I'll be able to tell by the scape. Hardneck forms the curly cue scapes (which make wonderful pesto) and softneck doesn't. Softneck is supposed to store longer, which is why I planted both.

We use a lot of garlic, so I'm happy to have it in four different beds this year. Plus, it will keep the vampires out of my garden! Now, if only it would keep away the aphids. 

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