How long does it take to grow a head of garlic? Today I found out.
Last December, Scott, one of our hunt club members, gave my wife Julia and I 30 heads of garlic. They were amazingly delicious, grown by Scott in his garden. This, I vowed, I would have to try.
Julia and I are steady garlic users, going through at least a large head per week. The good news is garlic’s cheap down at the Food Lion grocery store in town. But Scott’s garlic was so tasty I vowed to grow some of it myself. Here, in photo-essay style, is how the experiment went.
Day 1: December 15, 2019: Plant Garlic in Creek Garden
Ripped the creek garden patch in preparation for planting. Broke up 5 heads garlic in to 30 cloves.
Day 109: April 1, 2020: Garlic ready to harvest!
Day 156: May 18, 2020: Garlic ready to bloom
Day 173: June 5, 2020: Timber rattlesnake
Day 178: June 10, 2020: Garlic Scapes
Day 193: June 25, 2020: Garlic starting to dry out
Day 219: July 23, 2020: Harvest garlic!
So now you know. Two hundred nineteen days. That’s how long it takes to grow garlic. Only 105 days to go until it’s garlic planting time again. This year I plan to plant November first.