Growing Garlic – Part 4 Knowing Which Cloves to Replant

Here’s the fourth (and last) installment in the Growing Garlic series. Part 1 can be found here; Part 2 here; Part 3 here. In Part 3, I mentioned that I sort my garlic bulbs when I harvest – nice big bulbs get hung together, while the smaller bulbs get hung together with the other small ones. These bulbs will be eaten over the Winter (Spring & Summer too, because I plant so many heads).

Those nice big bulbs? I’ll use those ones for next years Garlic Harvest! It’s important for me to plant the largest, nicest looking bulbs as I am always trying to improve my Garlic Harvests. Since I sell some of my bulbs, it’s in my own best interest to ensure that as many of the bulbs as possible are big and beautiful!

If you plant small, mishapen cloves you will get Garlic heads full of small mishapen cloves. It’s logical – if you are always trying to improve your Harvests (and you are, aren’t you?) then always use your biggest and best. That way, you will get more of those biggest and best heads!

So, I’ve sorted my Garlic. I”ve got several bundles of big beauties and when I’ve got a few minutes I grab the bundles and sit on the porch. Two empty  small boxes beside me and I get started.

I open up all the heads and separate the cloves.

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Nice big ones go in one box – these are the bulbs that will be replanted in the Garden. The planting will take place in mid-September, in order for us to have lots of fresh Garlic next August.

Smaller cloves in another box. These will end up in the kitchen where they will get roasted in the oven or put in tin foil on the barbeque. Either way, we will eat and enjoy every single one of them.

 

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How big are these keepers?

 

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They’re pretty big!

 

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Ready for replanting? Head over to Part 1, which you can find here.

I hope these posts all about Growing Garlic are a help to you. As I mentioned earlier, Garlic is easy to grow and takes up hardly any room at all. Even if you live in an apartment, you can easily plant 20 or 30 heads of Garlic in a few pots, so do it!

Garlic is a very powerful natural antibiotic, as well as an antioxidant. Read more about the health benefits of Garlic here.

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Update: For 2014, we are beginning to sell some of our garlic. If you are looking for Russian Red, Yugoslavian Porcelain or Music, please click on the link for more information.