Those do look really good! I was looking at mine today. Most are not
yet breaking ground. The snow just left the garlic bed this week. I
can assure you that mine will not ever look as good as yours do this
No secret. I'm fortunate to live in an area (Portland, OR) that has
superb soil, no hard winter and lots of water. The ground doesn't freeze
except for occaisional crust.
My yard is prehistoric Columbia River bed. Not only do I not have rocks;
I don't even have pebbles.
I have generally great success with plants. My tomato plants yield like
I use only organic ingredients. I like to think that has lots to do with
the plant health. The primary nitrogen source is fishmeal.
I also generate genuine compost from food scraps and coffee grounds from
StarBucks. My compost takes four years per batch. No trendy tumblers
etc. Ya can't push the decomposition process in my book.
What variety is this?
Only my Calif. Whites (grocery store bulbs) look anything like these ...
and even there I'd guess yours are about a good week ahead of mine. My
Metechi, Leningrad and Ajo Rojo are only about 1/3 of the size you are
showing. Are you -sure- you didn't take this picture last summer? ;-)
Unfortunately, I didn't record the name of the varieties. I just bought
(3) different kinds of hardnecks from Portland Nursery last October,
broke them up and planted them with a generous dose of 4 year-old
compost, plus (4)fish-meal, (1)rock-phosphate, (1)kelp-meal,
What?! No fraud, buddy. I took those shots yesterday.
Huh? Why do you think I put so much effort into growing my own?
I crush it raw into olive oil, add sesame oil, crushed white pepper,
squeeze real lemon slice....let it steep....and then pour it over a
Sometimes I do strain out the pulp of the garlic to lesten the garlic
breath but that's only if the salad is "To Go".