The 2011 garlic harvest continues as the mid-summer temperatures soar into the 90’s. We harvested yesterday in the evening to avoid the hot day time. The harvest was the Ohman Red growing in Garlic Field 5, Row H. We also gathered up the remaining Music in Row C. As July goes along it is getting hotter and drier, and the remaining garlic in field has fully matured. Fortunately, only a few garlic stands remain which will be harvested as quickly as we can.
The Ohman Red looks great with deep purple skinned bulbs. It is thought that rich, loamy soil with moderate soil organic matter (3% to 4%) produces the best color on the bulb wrappers. The soil report for Garlic Field 5 lists organic matter to be 3.6%, and the garlic has had nice color this year. To see how the Ohman Red bulbs look trimmed and cleaned, see “Beautiful Garlic” on the Fitzgerald’s Family Farm site.
The Ohman Red was planted last fall with #27 of seed cloves in Row H. We gathered the freshly dug garlic shown here. The Ohman Red is the front two tiers and the Music is in the back.