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Planting My Winter Garden: Garlic

November 19, 2014

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This garlic bulb gave me a reason to grow garlic again. Three years ago I had “crop failure” with my own saved garlic. The sweet peas smothered the garlic as I recall. Though I kept the deal going for many years, in one season, my locally adapted garlic was gone. 

The next year I purchased garlic but apparently didn’t mulch and water it enough in a relatively dry winter. Another crop failure. Last year, I didn’t plant garlic. I had lost my confidence.

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Then Ann, my neighbor, gardening friend gave me that garlic bulb. I had given her some of my garlic and she had kept it growing year after year. I had to plant garlic this year.

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I bought some organic softneck garlic and shallots and headed for the garden.

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With Ann’s garlic and my purchased bulbs I planted the 2014 crop. 

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I mulched them with a thick layer of pine needles and have kept them well watered. I’m hopeful.

Growing garlic from the experts:
A Way to Garden and Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

Planting My Winter Garden: Kohlrabi

Brooklyn Grange Farm