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Post  llama momma on 7/2/2013, 4:45 pm

( Camp or Rooster please move this thread if needed, thanks, LM)
 
This darling has been curing for a couple weeks, I couldn't wait any longer, peeled off 5 layers.  Finally reached the last layer and could finally see her true color.  Is she pretty or what??  I was pleasantly surprised: 
 

 
 So I couldn't wait to see the cloves and sauteed one for my grill cheese sandwich, raw was too hot and spicy, sautéed was mild and full, robust with flavor.

 
But today I pulled a few more garlic.  A couple were smaller, then this one showed up:

 
 She's a tall one too:

What a lovely morning in the garden, Thanks to Mel for making gardening so enjoyable.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/3/2013, 12:47 pm

Wow! That's the biggest garlic I ever saw!

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Post  bnoles on 7/3/2013, 2:44 pm

WOW! Nice job Gina.... save that big one for the fair, it has Blue Ribbon written all over it.

I guess that's what happens when you feed your garden llama beans Very Happy Very Happy 

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Post  camprn on 7/3/2013, 3:42 pm

@bnoles wrote:WOW!  Nice job Gina.... save that big one for the fair, it has Blue Ribbon written all over it.

I guess that's what happens when you feed your garden llama beans Very Happy Very Happy 
Check the exhibition rules of your local fair. Here, for judging, they require a sample of 3 each of the vegetable or fruit.

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Post  llama momma on 7/3/2013, 4:01 pm

Thanks Donna and Bob, and Camp.  Since its my first time I'm hoping to keep it healthy for replanting in the Fall. Bob, a fair entry you say? Hadn't thought of that, thank you.  I may look up past fair winners and see if this one possibly has a chance.  Thanks for the tip Camp I will check it out.  And Bob I agree the llamas made a contribution in the home made compost.  I was very bad at fertilizing multiple times during spring so I guess the llama beans helped.  Now I wish I hadn't pulled most of the plants 2-1/2 weeks ago. Doh!


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Post  GWN on 7/3/2013, 6:07 pm



Hey LM, I harvested most of mine today and this one is a RUSSIAN Red.... similar size. I am also pretty excited about  "my haul"   Feels like halloween with a full bag...

I would save that one for your fall plantings, they say if you plant the biggest ones, you will eventually get a very large crop

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Post  llama momma on 7/4/2013, 5:38 am

GWN
Hey Your Russian Red looks terrific!  Way to go!  Bet your eyes opened wide when you pulled up that one.
With German Reds, I was surprised that stem thickness didn't always determine bulb size.  Seemed illogical.  But it added to the fun of harvesting. I've got about a dozen left outside and wonder if there are more surprises waiting.

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Post  GWN on 7/4/2013, 9:48 am

I was surprised that stem thickness didn't always determine bulb size.
I would have to say that this was not the case for me. The size of the stalk was pretty much along the same lines as the size of the bulb. I have a few musica that are also this big.
I think I could have left them in longer, but my garlic is scattered all over my garden, and it is getting hard to NOT WATER it while I am trying to water everything else like crazy. PLus I am going away next week, and so have to get the sprinkler system sorted out for while we are away.

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Post  llama momma on 7/4/2013, 10:18 am

I wouldn't feel too bad about pulling now vs. leaving them in.  Your return per planted clove has been wonderful!

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Post  llama momma on 9/30/2013, 8:09 am

Finished planting an entire new bed of garlic from this years first harvest.  Overall very happy but a little surprised at the number of cloves culled to use now for cooking since I was expecting to see perfection like the original bulbs purchased from Seed Savers.

Is this experience similar to everyone else?  I thought I was doing everything right. Maybe I'm picky since I was expecting to see more uniform large fat bulbs.

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Post  sanderson on 12/23/2013, 2:00 am

I bought a Russian Red in September from the Baker Seed Bank, Petaluma. Planted the cloves in October. They came up and then disappeared.

I'm cruising the Seed topics before I submit my order tonight or tomorrow.

One observation I have, is that my cute little garlics I planted this March or April are still in mint condition on the counter. In contrast, the store bought ones start to shrivel and get moldy within a few weeks. Must be the TLC, literally.

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Post  llama momma on 12/23/2013, 8:52 am

I still have some german red bulbs in very good condition from summer harvest.  Also have a lot that was put into a large frozen butter log with garden herbs that should last through winter and spring.  Anticipate results from a first time bed of 'free' replanted cloves this summer.

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Post  sanderson on 12/23/2013, 2:11 pm

LM, Do you mean that the garlics will recover underground and grow back again? My green sprouts came up and then died. Or withered off.

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Post  llama momma on 12/23/2013, 3:00 pm

Well, not recover as you said.  I meant I replanted 'free' cloves this past Autumn that developed in the summer 2013 harvest.  In all I had enough to eat fresh, store, freeze, and keep the biggest ones to re-plant a whole box of cloves this past Autumn.

The 2013 harvest originated from purchased bulbs/separated into cloves from Autumn of 2012.  And I must say I somewhat freaked out paying 18.99 plus shipping for those original 4 or 5 bulbs. I will say, at that time, they were the biggest healthiest bulbs I had ever seen. 

Sorry yours died off!

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Post  jimmy cee on 12/23/2013, 5:11 pm

Garlic Garlic Garlic wowwww how I love baked garlic
I never had it till my wife recently baked around 6 bulbs.
Man were they ever delicious, I just couldn't stop eating them.
She suggested I stop or may become ill, so I did.
In about 4 hours she couldn't stay in the same room with me, it sure didn't bother me at all.
Cant wait till another garlic roast...
Really reeks doesn't it?

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Post  camprn on 12/23/2013, 5:35 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Garlic Garlic Garlic   wowwww how I love baked garlic
I never had it till my wife recently baked around 6 bulbs.
Man were they ever delicious, I just couldn't stop eating them.
She suggested I stop or may become ill, so I did.
In about 4 hours she couldn't stay in the same room with me, it sure didn't bother me at all.
Cant wait till another garlic roast...
Really reeks doesn't it?
 darn funny 

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Post  llama momma on 12/23/2013, 6:12 pm

Ohh, jimmy,jimmy,jimmy.  Garlic is wonderful stuff.   If you or your wife want, you can look up garlic farms that share wonderful recipes, besides all the cooking websites.
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Post  jimmy cee on 12/24/2013, 3:26 pm

I worked 3 shifts for over 30 years in a power plant.
Of those there were 2 weeks of a daylight shift.
The locker rooms were immaculate, and modern.
I was usually the 2nd person in the locker room on day shift, I enjoyed getting there, beating the rush, and having coffee before tending to the days duties.
The 1st guy there ate a full bulb of garlic every morning, I never liked being around anyone who has eaten garlic.
That locker room reeked just about all morning.
I'm sure there are others who feel the same, I know wifey does.
I love planting garlic and I sure love composting

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Post  llama momma on 12/24/2013, 4:10 pm

Ewee,  early morning garlic smells -- I imagine that was a rather rude awakening to the olfactories.   
 Shocked 
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