Last fall, I bought $15 worth of organic hardneck Siberian Red Chesnok garlic bulbs from the http://www.thegarlicstore.com/. Today, I harvested my entire garlic crop. About 30 garlic bulbs have grown from the initial two bulbs. This is a healthy ROI, return on investment!
Red Chesnok garlic
Garlic is easy to grow in your garden. It likes sun, well-drained soil and regular watering.
October/November: plantingPlan ahead and you can plant some garlic cloves around Thanksgiving-time. Split the bulbs into cloves and plant the cloves about 3 inches deep and 10 inches apart. In the spring, the garlic sprouts leaves.
June: harvest and eat the ‘scapes’In June, you can harvest the flowerbuds: the ‘scapes’ of this hardneck variety. Harvesting the ‘scapes’ ensures the food-energy from the leaves goes into forming the garlic bulb, rather than producing flowers. Add washed and chopped ‘scapes’ to salads, omelettes and other dishes for flavor.
July: dig up and store garlic bulbsToday, the garlic leaves are turning yellow. And I dug up the garlic bulbs and hung them in shady place. I will leave the bulbs to dry for 3 or 4 weeks, and then braid them and bring indoors.
Garlic culinary and medicinal uses Garlic has been a staple of Mediterranean, African and Asian cuisines for thousands of years, and is famous for its medicinal properties. Today I made a stirfry flavored with our homegrown garlic and checked out garlic’s health benefits on wikipedia
October/November: replanting In the fall, I can either replant some of these Red Chesnok garlic cloves – or I might try my luck and invest in growing another variety.