Friday, June 8, 2012

Time to eat Garlic Curls!!!

We will have loads of garlic curls - scapes- to sell on Saturday! $1.50 for a generous sized bag ($1.25 if you use your own bag).
Use them in eggs, potato salad, beans, stir fries, rice- anything you would use garlic in. You can even make pesto from them- just whirl up with a little olive oil. Great brushed with oil and salt on the grill! They store in the fridge for 4-5 weeks. We will have more next Saturday, and then they will be gone.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Garlic Is Early This Year!

Because of the unseasonably hot April weather, the garlic is 2 weeks ahead of schedule. In fact we have already harvested the early kinds: Tzan, Shantung Purple, Uzbek Turban and Thai Purple. These Turban type of garlics usually get harvested in mid-June. The others that we usually start to harvest July 1st look like they'll be ready by about June 12th - 15th.
When half the leaves are brown, including the ones that have fallen off, are brown it is time to harvest.  If your garlic is falling over, it's definitely time to harvest, maybe a bit past the ideal time. If you have scapes (only on hardneck garlic) you snap them off when they make a full loop. We have harvested about a third of ours, so far. This gives more energy to bulb-making, so they will be larger. However the ones with scapes left on do store a bit longer.