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2011 Garlic Harvest Is In!

Posted 7/9/2011 2:42pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Well, two days earlier than last year and we got the 2011 garlic crop out of the field!  Hurray! This year our secret weapon was the undercutter that Ray had fabricated to cut the roots off of the garlic so that it is easier to lift out of the ground by hand.  Ray estimates that this nifty tool saved about 200 hours in harvest time since we didn't have to use a digging fork to loosen the soil around each bulb.


Tractor with undercutter bar for garlic

We harvested nearly twice of what we planted last year (almost 40,000 bulbs) and are now scurring around trying to get it ready for curing.  We'll be storing our seed garlic in the barn while the market garlic will be cut and placed in the "garlic hammocks" in the old tobacco barn and the old log barn.  We are very pleased with how the garlic sized up this year -- the largest bulbs we have ever grown.  Of course that can be attributed to the extra time spent in soil preparation -- all that leaf mulch does really make a differnce!

Thanks to our great Plum Granny Farm team for working together to make the harvest happen:  Nick, Austin, Chad, Jen, Derrick, and Zach. 

After we finished the harvest, we brought in the terrific volunteers from the Society of St. Andrew to glean the remaining bulbs.  A great team of seven volunteers and the Triad SOS Coordinator, Jen Garrison, spent several hours this morning getting out the garlic we had left in the field.  This garlic will be put to good use at food banks and soup kitchens.  And we had quite a load to share!  

 

SOS Volunteer Gleaners

Tags: Garlic
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