2 May 2017 Garlic
A large percentage of the garlic grown in any particular year is utilized for the following year’s planting stock. Using bulbils and planting each year the whole crop may be used for market or otherwise. I have experimented over the last several years for viability of this sequence and this year all is in place.
The sequence of events is in year one, plant bulbils (the sterile seed that grows at the end of the scapes). At the end of year one they will produce a single bulb called a Round. This round is then planted and at the end of he second year it will produce a bulb with about five cloves. These cloves are then planted as one would usually plant garlic and at the end of the year it will produce full sized bulbs exact clones of the original. By following the sequence the full crop can be utilized.
The bed that I am growing this year has the full sequence. Five rows of second year rounds for the main crop. For comparison one row of typical cloves which are conventionally planted for comparison come harvest. Two rows of first year rounds to produce cloves for the next year’s crop. Two rows of bulbils to obtain the single bulb round.