Friday, September 28, 2012
Garlic growing: what happened? Here's the final product:
They are... tiny. They didn't do much more than double in size from when I tried to pull them up in March, actually, so I am not sure what happened to make them not fully mature. You can see above how big they are (and how oddly round) compared to the other local garlic we have in our kitchen.
I think I won't try to grow garlic in pots anymore - they need heat to mature and I wonder if there just wasn't enough heat retention in those little pots during cooler nights. What I will definitely try though, when I have a garden, is try the fall-planting method, cover them with mulch over the winter, and then see what happens the following summer. Because I am super opposed to the whole garlic import market when it's obviously easy to grow here from the amount of Farmers' Market merchants who sell it, and if you've ever tried local garlic it's easily 3-5 times more potent than China garlic so you can use less to achieve the same flavour.
We'll see how mine tastes anyway - it sure was potent when I pulled it up, and I had to leave it outside to dry for a week so it wouldn't stink up the house.