Maybe it’s because you have to plant it almost a full year ahead and it sits in the ground over winter.
Maybe it’s because I had so much garlic rust fungus that getting a crop was in question.
Maybe it’s because we never grew garlic growing up on the Prairies, so it’s the novelty of it.
Whatever the reason, here is the fruit of my labour! I’m very excited.
Of the 9 bulbs that sprouted, 3 are 3″ in diameter with big, plump cloves. I’m saving those, I’ll eat the smaller ones first.
One clove was too small and dried out to use, 3 were average size, and the rest were a bit smaller than average.
The size of the stalks had my fellow gardeners wondering if I’d planted elephant garlic, which I hadn’t. I seeded from large, organic cloves I bought at the local Kitsilano Farmers Market. I don’t know what variety it is, but many of the clove skins have a purple striped colouring to them.
I’m using the garlic in the many stir fries I create using an every changing blend of kale, beet greens, Swiss chard, green beans, yellow beans and snow peas. I LOVE eating meals that are completely from my garden, it feels so rewarding and I know I’m eating very healthfully.
Now THAT is local and delicious!