When I came back from the road trip a two weeks ago, one of the first things I did was pull the garlic. Since then the garlic has been drying on the compost screener in the dark and comparatively cooler garage.
Today I decided to cut off the stalks and put the bulbs in storage. I did get a little over 2lbs but there were a several things I made note of.

1) Even after two weeks the larger bulbs were not completely dry as the lower stalks still held moisture. I braided these and intend to hang them in the cool dark basement.
2) The largest bulb was “weeping” a sticky spot. Seems one clove got bruised? I hate to, but will need to use that one up soon.
3) Apparently, sometimes when life gives you garlic you get some single clove bulbs. At first I wondered if I inadvertently pulled 3 onions?











So I sliced one open. HUH!?

A perfectly round single clove garlic bulb. It was mild smelling.









I’ve never grown garlic before so wasn’t sure what to think. A quick check of the internet suggested a few things – all of which I reject:

1) It is due to immature seed cloves – they were all from the same batch
2) It never got cold enough – they were in the ground since late October – and they all had the same conditions
3) It was a separate type – see #1 above.

So why did this happen? I have no idea, but I will say in using the one I cut in half – I wish all garlic grew like this. You can actually dice it!

I have two left so I am happy about that. In the meantime the others are drying in the basement or are in storage for future use. I go through a lot of garlic so while two pounds seems like a lot – really it isn’t. I’ll be through that before autumn.

I guess that means I’ll need to expand and grow two crops, one planted in the fall and the other planted first thing in the spring.

What is your experience?

Until next time, Keep Digging and Eat Well!