In a better-late-than-never moment, I finally planted my garlic a couple of weeks ago. As you've probably heard, California is having a crazy drought and, as a result, my gardening efforts have really dwindled. Where I live, we have really strict water rationing, and there really isn't any water to be spared. We have a bucket in the shower for catching the extra water as the water gets hot, and that's about all that gets used for watering the garden these days.
future garlic bulbs!
garlic bulbs in a row, with Mom's muddy hands in the background
I love you, Mom!
garlic family tree
After we planted my crop - about 65 cloves - I also gave my mom about 25 cloves that she went home and planted in her raised beds. This is great because it takes the pressure off of me! I think my aunt Laura still has some of the garlic too - so now there are a few of us carrying on this sacred strain of garlic. This year I noticed more big, robust cloves than I've had in the past... so I am optimistic for some good heads of garlic next year.
Since we planted, we had one weekend of rain (huzzah!), and then lots of sunshine... and look what's happened already!!! I just took this picture yesterday and I couldn't believe it! I didn't even think to imagine that the garlics would be this tall already, but I happened to be in the front yard and look who caught my eye! So exciting. Some of them are already 4 inches tall.
Garlic has shallow roots, so growing garlic requires frequent water (since the roots can 't grow too deep to find water) and also frequent weeding (to remove the competition). "Requires frequent weeding and frequent watering" hardly sums up my usual approach to gardening, but in this one 4x6 patch of my garden, I'll make an exception.