If you can get your hands on some elephant garlic, now is the time to plant it. Elephant garlic is like regular garlic–only bigger! (It’s also a little milder, for when you don’t want that heavy-handed garlic assault.)
I got my hands on some elephant garlic when Leslie and Diane came back to show me how to inoculate more shiitake mushroom logs. (More on that in another post.) The universe, I’m telling you! You can always count on it! I gave them some homemade bread, jam, and soap. The universe works best when it’s operating in both directions. Leslie and Diane always enjoy seeing Jack. They are Jack’s former owners. Jack likes to see them, too. When Jack lived with Leslie and Diane, they let him come on the porch and he had all the licorice treats he wanted.
Now Jack has Poky. I figure he thinks that was a fair trade for licorice treats and porch living.
Back to elephant garlic.
Elephant garlic is easy to grow, and you don’t need much of it to get a whole garden of elephant garlic started. Just divide the elephant garlic into cloves then plant each clove an inch or two deep in the soil with the pointy end up. In the spring, each bulb will send up a flower head. If you break the flower off, you can direct the plant’s energy to produce a bigger bulb. (The leaves and flowers are also edible and are considered a delicacy.) You can harvest the bulbs when the tops die down. But don’t eat all of it–or you won’t have any next year!
And you’ll want some to saute with all those shiitake mushrooms…..