Autumn is beginning to take hold here in New Jerseys’ growing Zone 6 and vegetable gardening activity is generally subsiding to harvesting the squash and late tomatoes and thinking about next spring. But this is not universally true. A West Milford gardener, just today made what he admitted would be his final planting of the year.
The crop, to be harvested late next spring or early summer is garlic.
Garlic does best when planted just before the first frost in this zone and allowed to overwinter. Protected by any one of an acceptable variety of deep mulches it survives until spring and then puts on a dramatic growth spurt which produces the pungent bulb so beloved of chefs everywhere.
These bulbs were held in inventory by the supplier until the correct planting time and arrived on September 27th. Our gardener observed that the arrival could scarcely have been timed better.
The “seed” garlic shown above is “Western Rose” garlic, a pungent, hardy, long storing mid-sized cultivar when mature, and ideal for braiding.
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