Today we lifted all of our garlic. My site had a fair number of bulbs, all most worthy of finding their way into someone’s cooking – or salad, if they dare! The garlic, a member of the allium family, had been planted last year as one of the longer maturing crops which we grew at Clissold Park before I took over there and turned most of it to salad leaves. It is usually planted towards the end of summer, with enough time to bed in for winter. After the cold months it then needs some warmer temperatures for it to put more more energy into making the bulbs swell.
This garlic was pulled up, regardless of how big the cloves had swollen, to make way for the other crops we are planting. Maybe they could have spent a little longer in the ground but mostly they were a goodly size. My garlic joined the garlic from the other sites to go into the box scheme. One of our volunteers trimmed the longer leaves and cut the roots short so they were all nice and presentable.
This year we’ll be planting spring onions…that’s coming up later this month, the seeds are sown and they are just about ready to go into the ground.