taken 11 July 2011. Doubt whether there's any dirt visible after the recent snow if our back yard is anything to go by.
I only used my bulbils for planting, too fiddly to eat :)) Did taste them to check for flavour - there was quite a variation in strength from very mild and sweet to hot & spicy. Until I started garlic growing last year I had no idea that there are not only soft & hardneck garlic, let alone numerous varieties within those two groups until I started exploring this garlic site that Hester put me onto. Here are a few links here; here & here about garlic bulbils. In essence, the first year that they're planted will yield rounds the size of a normal clove and they can be eaten or replanted the following year to grow into a regular bulb. Each hardneck bulb will produce a scape containing 20 - 100 bulbils depending on the variety which gives you a huge planting stock. If you don't allow the bulbil to form, you can harvest the scape and use it in stir fries (it's really delicious, like a very thin garlic flavoured crunchy asparagus stalk).
I planted some broadbeans that Jane Maarie sent me directly into the ground but they haven't come up yet, perhaps they're not as hardy as they're reputed to be. Will have to start some more indoors! Got lots of other seedlings underway, kale & beans from Kali, Robyn's pean seeds, your Mangere Pole & Dalmation beans, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts & lettuces. Lots of pricking out to do!
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