After a pleasant spring with lots of much needed rain, the usual dose of summer felt like it arrived instantly. Although this is the first week we have broken 100°, most of June and all of July so far have felt oppressively hot. But, hey, this is Texas so what do you expect.
This year’s garden has gone well. This was the first time I seriously tried to grow some garlic (as opposed to just sticking some sprouted cloves from my kitchen in the ground). The photo below represents about a third of my harvest.
I planted in December for a late Spring harvest. None of the winter weather we had this year — which included a few decent freezes and some blanketing snow — had any effect on the plants. The plants did not require very much water and I fed the soil occasionally with seaweed and molasses. All the cloves I planted turned into nice firm pods of varying sizes.
The garlic came from Filaree Garlic Farm in WA. I will use them again next year and would recommend them. Also, they have a nice, well illustrated, information packed catalog with cool retro covers.