[Market-farming] Harvesting Garlic

Mike Bosko mjbosko at jmtsystems.com
Tue May 27 00:30:45 EDT 2003


Jim,

Also, let the soil dry out before harvest too.  I found that if you plant
too deep, and have wet soils before and during harvest, you'll have bulbs
that are very tough to clean.

Mike

JMT SYSTEMS CONSULTING
info at jmtsystems.com / 509 968-9015

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Jim Woodyard
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 3:44 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Harvesting Garlic


Alliums wrote:

> I'm trying to develop a market for the scapes here in PA -- if you cut
them
> off, the bulbs will be bigger.  However, if you cut them off too soon, the
> bulbs may not store as long.
>

What are the scapes used for?  I would assume in salads or pickeled like
capers. Or is that what capers are?

> Wow! And the bulbs didn't pop open such that the individual cloves were
> exposed?  And you could actually save cloves for planting next
> year?

If you wait too long the husk will have deteriorated and lets the cloves
sort
of fall off.  My wife who uses lots of garlic always complains about what I
gather being bitter.  Thought maybe it was because not gathering at right
time.  I have never gathered it when the husk is the pretty clean white like
what you buy in the grocery.

> Someone tell me again why I'm living in PA! ;-<
Its cooler and you have more rain.  We finally got the best rain of the year
last nite averaging close to 3 inches.

Jim Woodyard
Nocona, TX


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