That smell

Way back last Thanksgiving or so, the wife sent me to the store to get a few things. I was trying to kill time so as not to have to do other things at the house and decided to take a stroll though the produce section. Going to every bin, looking at every label. While I’m aware that a lot of the produce at the grocery store is shipped in from out of state and more commonly from out of country, what amazed me the most was the miles the garlic and ginger traveled to get where they were. China. The garlic came from China. I thought about it for a while trying to figure out the reason to ship it all that way, when in fact its pretty darn simple to grow.

Here in Texas, I plant garlic on the day of the Autumnal Equinox. Usually around September 20 or so. Separating the bulbs into individual cloves, I planted each one 6 inches apart. Watered the bed once or twice the first week planted and never messed with them again until March. Water once a week for a month, and then left it alone all of April until May arrived.


The garlic in the bottom of the photo.

When May came around, I carefully dug up each plant and left them on the back porch to dry and cure for month. Last weekend I attempted to braid the garlic but the final product was ugly, so I took the scissors to the tops

Can you smell it? It’s just begging to be used.

Comments 7

  1. Elizabeth wrote:

    I’m bound and determined to grow my own garlic this year. I have done it in years past, but forgot where I planted it and then forgot that I planted it altogether. Pretty sure I just found some a long one of my flower beds 🙂

    Posted 06 Jun 2012 at 9:17 am
  2. Gayle wrote:

    the tops of my garlic are still green – just waiting to harvest them — can’t be too much longer- but I have watered mine and they are in large pots for trees — any suggestions?

    Posted 06 Jun 2012 at 9:31 am
  3. Curtis wrote:

    Carefully dig down and see if they are bulbed. If so, stop watering. Wait a week or two and dig up. If the bottom 4 ‘leaves’ are dead they should be ready . When you dig them up the majority of the tops will be green, you shouldn’t be waiting for the entire plant to be brown.

    Posted 06 Jun 2012 at 10:48 am
  4. Misti wrote:

    Hm. Well, I’ll have to post a photo of ours and see what you think. Chris still used ours in some soup the other day but I was bummed we didn’t quite get full cloves. Some of the leaves were dead already but also I think some of ours were planted later than the equinox too.

    Posted 06 Jun 2012 at 12:46 pm
  5. Moosie wrote:

    Oh yes I can smell it!!!! So good! I was surprised at how well mine did, the only thing I could grow this year.

    Posted 16 Jun 2012 at 11:29 am
  6. Kate wrote:

    Hello, Kate from California here. On the way to the major airport we fly out of we pass through Gilroy California, the Garlic Capitol of the World! There are many months from the summer to the fall when you can smell Gilroy before you get there… the garlic is so strong. They have a Garlic Festival in the summer. They demonstrate braiding garlic when it is just pulled and the tops are still somewhat green. (Easier and more pliable)
    Really enjoy reading about your gardening adventures…

    Posted 01 Jul 2012 at 8:38 pm
  7. Curtis wrote:

    Thanks Kate. I’ll have to try and braid them when they are still green next spring.

    Posted 18 Jul 2012 at 6:41 pm

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