[Market-farming] Re: Garlic Greens and scallions

Jim Woodyard mwjw at swbell.net
Sun May 25 01:14:14 EDT 2003

Since we are on the subject of garlic, when should it be harvested for
the bulbs?  Someone told me that it should be pulled when the bloom pod
pops open.  I have always waited till fall when the stalk has dried
down.  That was mainly just because it got put off for a more convenient
time to harvest.
Jim Woodyard
Nocona, TX

pam at twinoaks.org wrote:

> Linda Kerr asked:
> "can anyone who has grown garlic scallions tell me the distance
> between the plants & rows? And when to harvest?"
> David Stern in upstate New York recommends planting
> small whole garlic bulbs 6" apart in February, for Garlic
> Greens, and cutting them when they get to 10" tall
> (May?). They will regrow and can be cut 3 times. For
> Garlic Scallions, he suggests sprinkling small cloves in
> a continuous line in a furrow, again in February. Pull
> whole plants when they reach 8" in height (April here in
> Virginia, I found.) It's also possible to replant small
> cloves immediately after harvesting the main garlic
> crop, and grow garlic scallions that way. He suggests
> sorting the main crop in the field, and only taking the
> good big bulbs to cure, and 'throwing the small ones
> back in" (like fishing?).
>         What I did myself was to plant the small cloves in
> the fall immediately after planting the main garlic crop,
> using the cloves deemed too small to make "real
> garlic". I planted them about 4" apart, pulled every other
> one as scallions in April and cut the rest as garlic
> greens in May. Easy!! Row spacing? About 9", because
> that fits with our beds.
> Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community, Virginia, zone 6b
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