|~ garlic bed turned ~|
So, with the waning hours of the afternoon, I grabbed my pitchfork & dug up the bed. This year I grew potatoes in here, so I knew there would be some soil amending required as garlic enjoys rich soil. Thankfully I remembered to buy bone meal & my composter is full of rich home made compost just waiting to be applied!
|~ garlic I grew last year! ~|
Pick the largest cloves & don't bother to peel them.
An interesting twist on garlic is that it is capable of evolving it's flavour based on the growing conditions. I started with Salt Spring Island garlic (healthy & solid history of growing very well) & so this year, I'm planting my own version of this variety - I'm sure that what I harvested this summer is slightly different than the original. Each year you plant your own variety of garlic that you've grown in your own soil, with your own amendments & seasonal changes, you'll find slight changes in flavour. If you really like the flavour of the original variety - than you should make sure to go & find a reliable source & continue planting someone else's variety. I'm looking forward to developing my own special brand of 'Bamfield garlic' & I think it might take a couple more growing seasons before we are able to notice a difference... if you are that picky about your garlic of course...
|~ plant it deep ~|
I made sure to dig deep down - you don't want your garlic freezing during the winter & I have the feeling that this winter, we will have a very cold one!! I sprinkled in a heavy amount of bone meal & planted the bulbs a little bit closer together than I did last year - maybe only 2 or 3 inches apart - but staggered.
|~ top dress with compost ~|
Percy supervised the entire procedure & even jumped up in the bed to investigate the freshly turned soil for insects...
|~ cover to protect soil ~|
I'll also throw in a couple buckets of duck house litter to add to the soil.
All this talk about home grown garlic has me craving roasted garlic for dinner tonight!!