Time to Plant Garlic

I wanted to get to it over the weekend, but didn’t. So this morning I planted 6 cloves of a garlic I bought while on vacation in Maine this summer.

The roadside farmer near Lake Kezar told us this was an old garlic passed down in her family from the late 1600s or early 1700s when her ancestors, who were sailors, were issued garlic by their captains to prevent scurvy. She said this was customary for the British, French, Spanish and Portuguese sailing ships.

One of her ancestors saved a few cloves and began cultivating it in Maine.

The cloves were huge. There were only six to a bulb. Next year I hope to  harvest some sea-worthy garlic.

I’ll let you know how it goes. – Natalie

3 thoughts on “Time to Plant Garlic

  1. Garlic with history – I love it!!

    On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM, Saratoga Springs Community Garden

  2. I think this is great. We would love to plant garlic. We planted it for 20 years when we had our own garden. Unfortunately, since we do not know if we will have a plot next year, we are unable to plant garlic. That unfortunately is a downside to having a plot in this space. As a seasoned gardener you know the attachment gardeners have to their land. The garden no matter how small or large becomes part of you. We had hoped this small community garden would become part of us and that the people who garden there would be part of our community. The lottery system for plots will inhibit that important process from occurring. That, in our view, is a great loss.

    • I understand your disappointment in not being guaranteed a garden space next year. I sincerely hope that everyone who wants a plot next season gets one.

      So everyone knows, I planted the garlic in a container near the front steps of my home and not in the community garden.

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