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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.


Picking for freezing, put straight into water and kept in the cool until used: 

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Comment by Lissa on September 21, 2015 at 6:59


A little more knowledge would be helpful.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 21, 2015 at 6:44

Suspect that if we knew more answers, we'd stop asking questions!

Comment by Lissa on September 21, 2015 at 5:44

The mysteries of the (gardening) universe. I would love to know exactly why some of us have success and failures with some things when others don't.

Comment by Susan on September 20, 2015 at 19:12

Great stuff Elaine.  My broccoli was a failure this year.  Very small heads and hardly any side shoots to be worth it.

Comment by Lissa on September 20, 2015 at 7:04

Your Chard is incredible. I haven't had much luck with chards and silverbeets for quite some time and I love eating them. Will have to try harder!

I understand where you are coming from about saving the seed from my come-again broccoli better now. I plan on re-doing that bed today but will strive to leave a couple of plants to go to seed so you can have some.

My garlic was a fizzer. The bulbs were very, very tasty but very, very small.

Comment by Phil on September 16, 2015 at 21:46

I haven't been able to successfully grow garlic yet but probably because I've used the wrong variety for our climate. Yours look good Elaine. With the broccoli you can still eat the leaves steamed so its not a total loss. I've had a similar harvest of silverbeet but last winter wasn't too great. It will be interesting to see if you can reproduce your success. I suspect good crop rotation in the garden bed is essential.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 16, 2015 at 21:32

My Glen Large has already gone to crap - but I blame Percy.  When the fallen leaves start to dry, I'll dig.  The Elephant garlic is looking okay though. 

Comment by Rob Collings on September 16, 2015 at 20:28

Very nice looking garlic Elaine, the Rainbow Swiss Chard looks beautiful and healthy.

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