Friday, July 29, 2011

Garlic descriptions for July 30th market

• Inchelium Red- A softneck variety that is excellent for roasting.  Discovered on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. One of the best-tasting softneck garlics with a mild but lingering flavor. Will store through January or longer. RED

• Tzan -Tangy & flavorful in sauces, with pasta and for oriental cooking. Also a good raw garlic for those who love adventure. Collected from Shandong province in China originally. Will store through December. GREY

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Garlic sales start July 30th

Garlic for eating will be sold
   starting July 30th.
Seed Garlic will be sold later

Some of July’s garlic harvest is cured, cleaned sorted and ready to sell. We’ll have Inchelium Red, Chesnok Red, German Extra Hardy, Tzan and Siberian.
Jumbo size garlic will be sold as well as our regular size.
This garlic is for eating, not planting. This is because some diseased garlic was found in the plot that it came from. The diseased garlic has been thrown out, and the garlic we’re selling is beautiful and healthy, but may have a few spores on the roots which could infect a plot it was planted into. We’ll sell all of this garlic early, and then sell the planting garlic afterward.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Muddy Garlic

Boulder has had almost 3 inches of rain which makes it challenging to harvest garlic. However, it's best to dig it up in spite of the mud. After you dig it up, you can rinse the bulb part in a tub of water to get off some of the mud. Then spread it out in the shade to dry. Make sure they are spread out well enough to dry out. After a few days you can condense it into bundles to keep drying.
In a couple of weeks you can rub off the outside layer of dirt and mud to clean it up.
Every leaf on the garlic represents one layer of bulb skin, so if you leave them in the ground too long they'll deteriorate quickly and won't store long or look appealing- although they'll be fine to eat.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Garlic Harvest is Done!

Here at WeeBee Farms we got only a half inch of rain- but we could see the storms over Boulder pouring down rain (We're 10 miles North of Boulder). The harvest started in late June with the Tzan and Shantung garlic, and was finished on July 12th. The last part was a bit muddy- the digging was easy, but it was time consuming to get the big clumps of dirt and mud off the bulbs.

It was mostly a very successful crop and I'll have lots of beautiful garlic to sell. The bad news is finding disease in one of my plots. More on that in a later post.