Last October, I learned that we can grow garlic, right here in Ohio! It’s the easiest thing ever. You just take one clove (not the whole bulb) and plant it a few inches deep, with the pointy end up. Wait about 6-8 months and you’ll have a whole bulb of garlic. If you buy locally grown organic garlic, you could have your own healthy, local garlic all year round.
I planted 6 garlic bulbs in October, and a few weeks ago, they were ready to harvest. You know they’re ready when 1/2 of the leaves are brown, and 1/2 are still green. Harvesting was easy. We just dug them up. You can hang them in a cool, shady place to dry, or keep them in the fridge and use them within 2 weeks.
Part of our CSA program requires that we work for 3 hours at the farm. That’s it. Just 3 hours for the whole summer. What a deal!
Our 3-hour commitment came up last Sunday when they were harvesting garlic. It was the day after the week-long, intense heat wave and we are so glad it broke! We had such a pleasant morning in the field, listening to the birds chirping as we dug and tied hundreds of bunches of garlic. Crown Point will dry it for us and we’ll see it in our share later this year.