Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Garlic

Garlic is one of our best crops in Northern New Mexico. In the fall I planted about 150 cloves of garlic, and they are up and growing now. This is a local, semi-wild variety of top-setting garlic that its cultivator found growing beside an abandoned adobe house. It's going to be a race to the finish with this garlic. Last year we harvested garlic during the 3rd week of June, so if the garlic is on schedule this year we'll just have time to harvest before we leave. I'm a little worried because it's been such a cold spring, but the garlic is growing super fast--it seems to be making up for lost time. I guess we'll have a lot of garlic hanging to cure in the wagon...

6 comments:

megan/mason said...

Our garlic is up, too, and getting quite large. This is my first year growing it, but it's been our easiest crop thus far.

It seems like bundles of curing garlic would make a pretty perfect addition to a gypsy wagon!

Jem said...

Dang! I was hoping you were going to ask your local readers to take some off your hands ;)

Libby: said...

It may well come to that...haha.

jimmycrackedcorn said...

Libby-

Have you named this garlic? I have had several people ask me what variety I am growing and I don't have a name to use! If you have something you call it, please let me know! Also, I don't get replies in e-mail, so I'll bookmark this and remember to check back.

Libby: said...

It was named after the town it was found growing wild in, which I think was Chimayo, NM. So, I would call it Chimayo garlic!

If you end up with some extra cloves to spare after your next harvest, I'd love to plant some at my new house. We weren't able to keep ours going and I'm so glad you still have some!!!

jimmycrackedcorn said...

I can't count my cloves before they're cured, but if harvest goes well I would be happy to mail some to you this summer! In fact (knock on wood) 100 cloves at 2 ounces each would be 12 pounds of garlic. I'd be happy with 40% of that.