Garlic and Snow

A gardener and general outdoor enthusiast in New Jersey gave us a box of garlic bulbils he collected from his patch.

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He has been growing this variety since the mid 1980’s when he acquired it from an old Polish gardener.

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So Dave tilled a strip six feet wide by 80 feet a few weeks ago, and Harry and I planted at least a thousand bulbils.

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We knew a storm was on the way, and we were just able to get the bed covered in mulch before the blanket of snow.

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We welcomed it with a bit of slipping and sliding on the icy pond.

4 Comments on “Garlic and Snow

  1. India

    Bulbils are the topset of Rocambole/Hardneck garlic and when planted produce a “Round” the next season. This Round is a crocus to tulip sized solid bulb. (With bulbils this large, sometimes bulbs of garlic form the first season, but they are usually small and need to be replanted to get more size.) This Round is then replanted the second year and will produce a bulb of garlic consisting of 6 to 8 cloves next July. From this point on, save the largest bulbs to replant individual cloves each season. The scapes that form each year can be cut off and eaten while they are young. I plan on doing this to all of my crop next year. So I won’t have any bulbils and hopefully will have larger bulbs underground.

  2. Wow! That’s a lot of garlic!

    Bryan pointed out that this would be 3 bulbs a day for a year. Wow!

    Great job!!

    Love,

    India* sent from my iPhone

  3. We were supposed to plant our garlic tomorrow…. but with the snow, not gonna happen. Hoping for a break in the weather this week to do it, though! It is totally worth it! Homegrown garlic is just superb!

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