Garlic 2021 season

DANG!!! Those have really taken off. The stalks are fat like Elephant Garlic. It's gonna smell mighty good in your house when cooking time comes.

I just planted my Elephant Garlic last weekend. They withstand the coldest winters and are ready by late April. I'll share pictures when something exciting happens.

Question concerning harvest. I've seen 2 ways to know when garlic is ready. One - Like onions, when the stalks fall over, or two - When they are yellow and browning? I typically pull when yellow and browning and seem ok. It seems the stalks are too thick to fall over, or maybe I'm being impatient.
 
Hahaha, love seeing the kid in there :D

Hahaha me not so much Mandy but it's sprang back just fine.

DANG!!! Those have really taken off. The stalks are fat like Elephant Garlic. It's gonna smell mighty good in your house when cooking time comes.

I just planted my Elephant Garlic last weekend. They withstand the coldest winters and are ready by late April. I'll share pictures when something exciting happens.

Question concerning harvest. I've seen 2 ways to know when garlic is ready. One - Like onions, when the stalks fall over, or two - When they are yellow and browning? I typically pull when yellow and browning and seem ok. It seems the stalks are too thick to fall over, or maybe I'm being impatient.

I also pull when they are yellow and browning, waiting too long for it to fall here usually results in unexpected late spring/early summer rain making me wait for it to dry so I can pull. Also find the bulbs may not be in the best nick after being in hot soggy soil.

So generally come November I'll keep a count on the leaves, an eye on the BOM forecast, dig a sample bulb to see how the skins are forming things like that. Any sign of rain and I'll whip out the lot. Also the ones that lay over nicely will generally be those softneck varieties, I've found hardneck only tilt over cos they are a lot more substantial in the structure.

I have purchased a 12 tray dehydrator that will arrive early next week - I'll be ready for those scapes due soon!
 
Hahaha I bet, I more meant seeing the kid trying to get involved in the garden! I'd be sad if they squished my plants though :p
 
Dehydrators are the best. I make a hot sauce for a couple of local restaurants here. I use the dehydrator mainly to dry the habanero and Trinidad peppers. I hope you'll share how you make the scape salt. Sounds basic, but you might have a twist in there.

Thanks for the confirmation on harvesting garlic.
 
I'm yet to experience aphids thankfully, here's hoping your crop remains aphid free.
 
I'm yet to experience aphids thankfully, here's hoping your crop remains aphid free.
Cheers Josh
I'm yet to be sure what cultivar Ive been growing but save the biggest cloves from last season to regrow. When I get the hang of the forum here ( I'm a noob here ?) I'll post some pics for a better educated stab at the cultivar. They are soft necks though.
 
Cheers Josh
I'm yet to be sure what cultivar Ive been growing but save the biggest cloves from last season to regrow. When I get the hang of the forum here ( I'm a noob here ?) I'll post some pics for a better educated stab at the cultivar. They are soft necks though.
Don't worry about being a "noob", you can always ask for help! :D
 
Getting nearer to harvest time, the Italian purple I had such great success with last season has been pulled already as it laid over and we have a large amount of rain coming. We're going to dehydrate most of it thanks to brooming but I'll manage to save enough for seed. The garlic brought in from the garlic clinic has fared much better.

The not often seen back garlic patch

Garlic 2021 season
 
You're gonna have a Garlic Smelling Heaven around your house.

I do the same, save the largest cloves for seed. For several years we didn't buy any garlic. However, we had a week long mini-ice age in February that did a number on them, causing growth retardation. It was sad times. BUT!!! we are back in the game with new stock.

Question for you. I hear Mark talk about winters there. What are the average temperatures in winter, and summer for that matter?
 
You're gonna have a Garlic Smelling Heaven around your house.

I do the same, save the largest cloves for seed. For several years we didn't buy any garlic. However, we had a week long mini-ice age in February that did a number on them, causing growth retardation. It was sad times. BUT!!! we are back in the game with new stock.

Question for you. I hear Mark talk about winters there. What are the average temperatures in winter, and summer for that matter?

Hi Tim, winter down here on the NSW/VIC border is a lot different to what Mark experiences. No snow but we do get the chills coming off the mountains. Here's the monthly averages but of course we get lovely 40°c + days and into the negatives in winter.

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Great info!!! Interesting, weather in different geographical locations. Weather has everything to do with avid gardeners like us. Weather dictates the time and what types a plants to plant.

We average 30 days or more of 38' during our Summer days. Winters average 10' during the days. However, it is not uncommon to have arctic outbreaks from time to time. Only the hardiest plants survive those.
 
Getting nearer to harvest time, the Italian purple I had such great success with last season has been pulled already as it laid over and we have a large amount of rain coming. We're going to dehydrate most of it thanks to brooming but I'll manage to save enough for seed. The garlic brought in from the garlic clinic has fared much better.

The not often seen back garlic patch

Garlic 2021 season
Looks good Josh :)
 
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