- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
Big cloves and small cloves all look the same once dehydrated & ground. I don't even bother peeling small cloves, just split & dehydrate. Once dry, the skins separate when vigorously whisked or shaken, and can be winnowed away. Of course, the best solution is to grow garlic that has few small cloves.
Planting dates definitely vary by region. Here in B.C. folks in the cold north may plant in late September, and we on the south coast tend to plant from Halloween through mid-November when the soil is cold and wet. It would be very unusual for our ground to freeze solid during this time frame, so poking the cloves in the ground even in late November has never been an issue for me. Planting too early can be risky though, as the warm soil can encourage fungal diseases to proliferate.JUST when I think I need to be creative and start my garlic inside, I read aNOTHER article that says to plant between Halloween and Thanksgiving, (4th Thursday of November.)
So...I guess I will till up and plant in the next week.
Mine is all OK, just a little smaller than expected... probably due to the very dry conditions for the first half of Summer. I'll be dehydrating it after I get over the crud; cut garlic is only slightly less irritating to a cough than cut onions. Same goes, BTW, for the hot peppers I still need to clean for seed.i would not trust the garlic this year to that sort of treatment because there is a lot of brown spots and other stuff going on with them.
(added emphasis mine)In our area the goal is for the garlic to put down roots-- but not shoots. Then the roots continue to grow slowly over the coldest part of the winter and the green top growth follows in January or February, depending on the cultivar. Most of the garlic sites that I have consulted suggest that it is better to err on the side of caution and plant garlic a little on the late side rather than planting it too early. (Rasa Creek Farm has such good information on growing garlic).
This article from Pam Dawling reinforced the points that you made flowerbug. I have never grown green garlic before, but it may be time to give it a try; our friends have a hoop house that sits empty over the winter, so perhaps I could plant some in there. I have quite a number of small cloves of Aglio Rosso left over from planting yesterday, and I'll bet that they would make delicious green garlic.i knew from your likely cooking that you knew about green garlic and probably use it but a lot of people in the USoA do not think of that at all so i've kinda made it my mission to keep mentioning it because it is really good but also just because i like gardens and it's a good use of all those scapes or small cloves if you don't eat them or want to do anything else with them.
... I have quite a number of small cloves of Aglio Rosso left over from planting yesterday, and I'll bet that they would make delicious green garlic.