Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Elephant Garlic Harvest

Harvested my first elephant garlic harvest last night - by head torch! 
I'm really pleased with the size of the bulbs and can't wait to try it.


Ten good sized bulbs and a plant pot full of bulblets which I plan to plant as well. I think if you grow those it takes two years instead of one to grow to full size - I'll do some more research before I plant them! 
Anyone else growing elephant garlic?

12 comments:

  1. good haul Kev, we have elephant garlic its lovely roasted :-)

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    1. Tried it for the first time yesterday, I really liked it do I'll be planting more! I'm looking forward to growing all those bulblets as well!

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  2. Bloody hell kev. That would have won in our herb class in the show

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    1. Think it would have to be in the onion class rather than herbs, they are big though.

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  4. When I do grow garlic, it's always elephant garlic. Mild raw and super delicious when roasted.

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    1. It's grown so well, and I love growing garlic. How well does it store do you know?

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    2. Gee, I still have a solid head from last year's Spring pulling. And some tight bulbettes. As long as they are cool and dry and get good air circ, they last pretty long for me.

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  5. They look great! I will be planting soon myself, we plant end of Oct into first of Nov. I too need to read up on those bulbettes as I have quite a few too.

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    1. Let me know what you find out! I need to get a bed ready to plant my garlic this year. Each year I seem to plant more!

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  6. The below explains why mine made garlic I guess. I literally stuck them back in the ground as I pulled them off the bigger heads last year.. this year I didnt do that .. I have let them dry hard... They may never make garlic according to this.. this is from Seedsavers Exchange:

    When lifting the heads of elephant garlic, you may notice bulbils on short root stems or still protected by the papery layers of the head of garlic. These can be planted to produce a small “round” or undivided head of garlic the next year. However, these can be particularly difficult to get to grow if you have let them dry off and let the outer skin become tough. It must be one of the hardest, water resistant coatings known in the vegetable kingdom!
    It is best to immediately replant these bulbils in a small area set aside where they can grow on for the following year undisturbed to grow into a small “round”. Eventually, the outer covering should break down to show another brown coating surrounding a round bulbil. This will eventually break down allowing the tiny roots to grow.

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