I am so glad I planted garlic last year. It is such a great feeling to finish a garlic harvest… or usually most any successful harvest. That feeling of accomplishment, but also the awe in the connection to how life begins, grows and has purpose. Can you tell I just came in from the garden and am happy! It was great garlic harvest in 2016.
So on to the recap of the process and the bounty. I harvested four varieties of garlic. Two I got from Filaree farms and two were bulbs I saved from last years harvest. The two I had saved were Music (porcelain type) and Inchelium Red (artichoke type). The two I got from Filaree were purple stripe and Iowa German white (porcelain type). I had asked for Kilarney Red and they ran out so they substituted something I have labeled as just Purple stripe… and unfortunately it did the worse of all of them. I can’t necessarily blame the variety… they were in the second to the last row and its possible the water or sun didn’t get to them as well. The best was the Music… I just can’t say enough about that variety. Big nice big white heads. The middle two (German white and Inchelium Red) were similar in size. The German white was strong with good solid heads. The purple strip was perhaps in the ground a tad too long… because the necks were already starting to dry out and I accidentally pulled the leaves completely off these as they just had weak connections to the bulb. Those I will have to eat quickly as they wont be able to cure like the others.
All the varieties are now hanging and drying in my greenhouse. We don’t have anywhere else for them to go right now to dry and I worry a tad that they will get too much sun. But this is the Pacific Northwest and our sun usually inst too bad. And it isn’t direct sunlight on them.