The first round of garlic came out of the beds yesterday evening and I am beside myself with excitement. Garlic is one of my absolute favorite crops not only to grow but to eat as well!! The first to mature was a turban style garlic (shangtung purple). The creole garlic and the softneck garlic are still in the ground and will be for another 2 weeks to a month. Turban style garlic produce 8-12 large cloves around a center stalk. Now that the turban garlic has been harvested it will be cured (dried) for two to three weeks and will then be ready for eating!
We cut open one of the bulbs to see if they were fully mature and sure enough the cloves look beautiful! The garlic order for this fall has already been placed. We ordered nine pounds of seed garlic (all different awesome varieties) which will be arriving in mid-September. We order certified organic seed garlic so we have to get our order in early in order to get a good selection.
Hopefully our CSA members will be seeing garlic in their pickups in a couple of weeks!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )