Final Garlic & Shallot Harvest

We harvested the last of our garlic and shallots from the garden this week. On Friday we will be moving on and starting some seeds for fall vegetables, although it still seems too early.

We didn’t have very many plants of the Elephant Garlic, but at least a couple of the bulbs were huge! The others were good sized, but not nearly as big.

The ‘Purple Glazer’ garlic had really nice sized bulbs that seem very consistent. We also had good germination, so there were lots of plants to harvest.

The ‘Killarney Red’ garlic also had some nice large bulbs, although they weren’t as consistent. There were a few smallish bulbs. I think either we didn’t plant as many or the germination wasn’t quite as good on these.

One of our farmers’ market vendors grows ‘Music’ garlic and loves it. I’ll say that the plants were vigorous and most of the bulbs also look large and well formed. There are a couple of smaller bulbs, but I suspect those were along the edge of the bed away from the drip lines.

Same story, mostly, with the ‘Siberian’ garlic. This one also had fewer plants, and my initial impression was that the bulbs tended to be a little smaller than other varieties. I certainly wouldn’t call it a failure though, but it isn’t as impressive.

Again, same story with the ‘Chesnok Red’ garlic. I would imagine that most of the variability is due to the nearness of individual plants to the drip lines.

Once all the varieties are dried down, I’m going to do a little bit of measuring to gauge the average bulb size and clove size, but for now, this is it!

The last things to harvest were the Multiplier Onions and Dutch Yellow Shallots. They are virtually identical in appearance. The multiplier onions and shallots are supposed to be technically different, but I’m not sure I believe it in this case.

Meanwhile, we pretty much have onions, garlic, and shallots hanging from every available space in our garden shed, as well as the newly harvested garlic and shallots in flats on almost every flat surface!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on July 3, 2013, in Around the Garden, Harvesting & Eating and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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