Just to remind we Garlic growers that we're expecting some pix of your crops … Darren mentioned a few months ago that we should put together a report on how our Garlic fared this year.
Here's a not very clear pic of mine to-day … it's heading into decline and I'll be pulling it up within a week.
The plants are falling over and the bulbs are filling out and covered in a deep purple skin. Not so obvious in the photo ...
The Green Dragon variety of Broccoli was a surprise. A huge head - then … nothing. See what I mean - I picked the head a couple of weeks ago and no sign of laterals:
I suspect it is a commercial variety or related to one. Growers pick one big head and plough the plants in and replant with another crop. All very convenient for commercial growers but a waste of garden space for a home grower. There are some much smaller plants in another bed which are happily producing laterals. They came from a cover crop and of course I don't know the variety. But I will get some seeds for next year.
Rainbow Swiss Chard has exceeded all expectations this year. I have never grown such large and tender stems. So much crop I have started to pick it view to freezing. Just wash, cut into manageable pieces and put a couple of cups into a ziploc bag. It freezes and thaws well without needing to be 'blanched' and is not tough like my home-blanched crops of earlier times.
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