2017 garlic!

Discussion in 'Root Crops' started by myownidaho, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What a difference a couple of weeks makes! Snow is gone, sun is out and this year's garlic crop is up. As with previous years, it looks like only two or three cloves didn't sprout.

     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is something I really need to grow.  

    In the fall I am busy harvesting crops and forget about the garlic.
     
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice! I always forget to plant it too!

    I have a coworker that grows regular garlic and elephant garlic, both are so much better than from the store!
     
  4. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    A farmer forgetting a personal crop? Kind of like the cobblers children have no shoes? 😀

    This signals the beginning of the season for me. The herbs are growing back, I turned the first bed and carrot seeds are now in the ground. Next up is turning the rest of the beds and getting lettuce, kale and pea seeds in the ground.
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I know, I know.    I have been wanting to try asparigus.
     
  6. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Gotta get a pic here. Dave let me know how to grow. Never seen the like. Growing tall.[​IMG]
     
  7. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I only grew garlic once.  Just a small test crop.  I used one head of garlic and every clove sprouted.  The resulting product was nothing like the store bought garlic that I had planted--much better.  For some reason, it turned out spicy and hot.  It was great.  No idea why I never planted it again--too late this season, but maybe this fall.......

    Gary
     
  8. Not to mention the garlic scapes, one of the main reasons we plant garlic in the fall. Root crop. Radishes in spring, root crop. Tomatoes sure, jalapenos sure, tomatillos sure, peppers sure.

    Now have a new puppy, part wheaton terrier part poodle (Whoodle?) Not a digger yet so root veg's may be safe, but tomatoes and jalapenos and tomatillos, the jury is out. Anyone interested in a red faced, hot breath dog with diarrhea?
     
  9. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Garlic scape pesto pasta is food of the gods. I increased the amount of hardneck I planted last fall just for that reason.
     
  10. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks like we're three to four weeks from harvest.


    And tomorrow night, garlic scape pesto pasta!

     
  11. Let us know the pesto recipe. I think between the wife and I we can do the pasta.😃
     
  12. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had garlic chives, Allium Tuberosum, as a nuisance weed at my old house. The cloves and heads were never as big as commercial garlic but the flavor is good and the tops can make great greens. They're like a "walking onion" where new bulbs form at the ends of the flowerstalks, which flop over and start new clumps. You can grind those little bulblets with salt, herbs, oil, etc., in a mortar and pestle or a blender

    harvest and clean


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  13. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The one I use is very basic.

    1 pound garlic scapes, cut into 2-inch pieces
    1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
    1 cup olive oil
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    ground black pepper to taste

    Whiz it up in a food processor and toss it with hot pasta. I also like to garnish with chopped parsley and a little lemon zest.
     
  14. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Interesting. I have garlic chives in the garden. They died back quite a bit this winter but I'll pull some when they recover. I do like using spring garlic like green onions and this looks like a great alternative.
     
  15. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    With the garlic chives, especially big vigorous ones, the leaves are tender in the spring and increasingly tough as the season goes along. They can have a crisp bite similar to celery, but with a garlic flavor. They're always good for any Asian soup stock project. Try using them as you would use cabbage.

    Be forewarned, they take over territory aggressively. They can crowd out knee-high peonies. They are very capable of randomly starting themselves in new areas where you did not plant them, probably due to rhodents stashing seeds and forgetting them.. You will have free garlic for the rest of your life.
     
  16. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Bam. I have some pesto left that I think I'll use as a topper for grilled halibut.

     
  17. Thanks, gonna try this soon. The scapes here in the great white north are not yet ready! 😩😩
     
  18. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I'm going to go out on a limb and call this a successful harvest. :sausage:


     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2017
  19. braz

    braz Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I just ordered a variety of hardnecks for planting this fall. We didn't plant any last year and kicked ourselves this year when we had to actually buy grocery store garlic. I am definitely going to try the scape pesto.

    Braz
     
  20. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You won't be disappointed! We consider garlic scape pesto a rite of spring.
     

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