Garlic. I love garlic, hubby loves garlic. I purchased Canadian garlic two years ago and have now had two crops. Two crops of disappointing garlic. At first I wondered, is it me or is it them. Well that's a no brainer, it is me. Well not me specifically but rather where I planted the bulbs and the conditions under which they have thrived.
The property on which we live is large and yet only has pockets of sunshine through out the day. Most of it is in varying levels of shade, and that is of course problem number one - not enough sun. Where there is sun is where I have been planting my sun loving plants and so that relegated the garlic to the less than premium location. The soil in that location is pretty good and it is fairly quick draining as the tiny vegetable plot is in a raised bed. I harvested the bulbs (all 6 of them) in mid August as the leaves were yellowing and I think that was the right thing to do. So, I think the lack of required sunshine may be the main reason the bulbs I carefully removed from the ground are so small.
Looks are deceiving. The largest bulb is only 2 inches across and the smallest 1 1/4 inches with only two cloves. Oh well. I will plant the larger cloves for next year and the rest will end up on some garlic toast along with a glass of wine. Bon appetit.