Your garlic has been planted!

If you ask me, garlic is one of this world’s perfect crops. It’s delicious, stores for ever, and requires a bare minimum of labor (plant it, mulch it, harvest it, enjoy). On top of it all, it suffers from almost no disease or pest pressure, and multiplies itself for the next planting. Oh, if only all our vegetables were so well behaved…

We spent a beautiful October afternoon planting all of our garlic cloves for next year, tucking it in under a nice thick mat of straw for the winter. Almost all of it was seedstock we harvested this summer, primarily Music and Chesnok Red. The former is a vigorous, classic garlic with 4-7 cloves per bulb and a great flavor. Chesnok Red is an heirloom variety from the Republic of Georgia, and has as many as 12 or 13 smaller cloves on a medium-sized bulb with characteristically red skin. Much of that we planted to green garlic (think scallions, only it’s garlic), but we picked the largest cloves to make sure we have a good amount of seedstock for future years. We were also fortunate enough to get a few pounds of enormous German Extra Hardy bulbs from a fellow farmer near Stoughton. Watch out – each bulb was about 1/3 of a pound! We hope to offer that to our CSA members in 2013. And so the CSA season begins – 8 months before the first box is delivered!  –Dennis, November 20, 2011