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Harvest Time and Planting Time

By Debbie Nowicki

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HarvestingThere was a major difference traveling down south this past weekend – a lot of activity in the fields ... the corn was being harvested!  But not all fields were ready.  Corn was planted later down south because of all the rain they received; some farmers had to plant a second crop of seeds since the first rotted in the ground – which is a substantial monetary loss for most.  So the majority of harvesting was closer up north and following behind those huge machines as they travel on the road used to irritate us being city folks and all, but it doesn’t seem to anymore.  We can appreciate what the farmers are doing and respect them and understand the hard work that it takes to harvest acres and acres of corn.To the bins

This week also ushers in bow hunting season for deer. Our neighbors are all revved up and will have many exciting stories to tell us as we listen wide-eyed and open mouthed! It is amazing to realize that this is a very important part of our new neighbors lives and Stan did witness the significance last year when he stopped by one of their homes. He stood chatting along with the neighbor as he cleaned the deer (he said it was something that would take quite some time for me to adjust to). Agreed. Remarkable fact about this deer he was cleaning was his 9 year old daughter had shot it with her bow!! Wow...

Although I won’t be hunting any deer this week, I am proud to say I did plant my garlic! I received 2 bulbs of 4 different types, two softneck and two hardneck. Fall is the time to plant garlic and I am looking forward to success this coming July when I harvest the crop. The two varieties of softneck I planted are – Chet’s Italian Red and Inchelium Red.

Chet's Italian Red

Inchelium Red Garlic

The hardneck varieties are Chrysalis Purple and Shevelisi.

Chysalis Purple Garlic

The hardneck garlic types have a stalk in the center which is hard and these bulbs were much more difficult to break apart for planting.

Shevelisi garlic

The hardneck varieties have fewer cloves than the softneck, but the cloves are bigger and the flavor is more robust.  The softneck which has more cloves (smaller) has a longer shelf life than the hardneck.

Garlic in rows

I planted the garlic 6” apart, 2” deep and the rows are about 12” apart.  The pointed end of the garlic should be facing up.

How to plant garlic

Compost bin and rewardsI dug out some compost from the bin … what a great additive to the garden any time!  I put a layer on top of the soil covered garlics and will mulch with 4-6” of shredded leaves when they fall. (picture of compost bin and rewards)

Stay posted for the Garlic Harvest next July!!!


deb of 12
11/8/2010 5:11:09 PM

Deb-I would really like to know how you make the garlic and pepper ropes,as in step by step.Also would like to see picture of the finished product.I have several family members that this would be a great gift for,thanks for any help.

cindy murphy
10/8/2008 6:40:34 AM

Hi Debbie. I've always wanted to plant garlic but never a time when I'm cleaning out the garden, I always seen to forget to add to the garden. Thanks for the reminder.

10/8/2008 6:20:13 AM

Hi Lisa! Actually last year was my first year with garlic and that was somewhat unexpected, so this year after researching, I have the plan down! After harvesting in July, I will tie the garlic in bundles of 6-10 and hang in a shaded, dry, ventilated garage or barn. Leave for 4-6 weeks. Then I will cut the stalks off 1 1/2" above the bulb & trim the roots, store in some type of net bag & experiment with different recipes! I also want to make some garlic braids with cayenne peppers for gifts. You have a nice blog - I added it to my blogroll at Great to meet you ... Thanks!

10/8/2008 5:51:16 AM

Hi Debbie! I can very much relate to your neighbors. Hunting is a huge part of our lives, and not just deer hunting. We hunt small game, turkey, and even bear. We have actually seen more black bear from our house than deer or turkeys, although just this past Monday I watched a flock of turkeys walking through our backyard. Black bear are actually becoming a problem in the area. My neighbor over the hill just had his chicken house raided by a big bear. It killed all of his chickens! My girlfriend lives just up the road from him, and she had to chase the same bear away from her chicken house many times. They put electric fence around the chicken house to try and keep the bear out. So far it has worked. By the way, GREAT looking compost!! :^)

10/7/2008 12:47:04 PM

Thanks for sharing this! We have not planted garlic in the past but received a few from family to plant. Once you harvest the garlic in July, I would love to know...what do you do to preserve it? Thanks for sharing! -Lisa (