Garlic vs Baseball

Cherry Grove, OH(Zone 6b)

The baseball is the one with red stitching.
It's been a crazy growing season, but harvesting fist-sized garlic in Ohio in the beginning of June is kinda nuts.

My Fava beans are already drying and are also HUGE and we've been eating garden peas and beets for a couple weeks now. Ham and pea soups was a treat this weekend to try and eat some of the fresh peas. I suppose we need to start canning early also.

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Irving, TX(Zone 8a)


Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)


Jacksonville, FL

Whoa! I feel a nice crop of plant envy sprouting up!

Cherry Grove, OH(Zone 6b)

Thanks! The weather has been kind to us this spring.

We've had a mild winter and an early, warm spring. The fall-planted garlic just loved it.
We took a chance with some of our other crops and planted several very early, the only casualties were the bush beans which couldn't take the 4 below-freezing overnights we've had since the first of March.

Here's a picture of what my wife calls "our giant square peas" which we've already harvested. There's a paperclip in the pic for scale. It's been an amazing gardening year so far for us. I hope everyone has a wonderful garden season!

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Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

Great photos, Steve. I'm glad you are enjoying your harvest.

I'll be pulling garlic later this month. By the look of them, I'll have some whoppers, too!

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

What variety/varieties of garlic are you growing? We harvested silverskins about a month ago. We also grow hardnecks. I've got Italian Red, Italian White, Chesnok and German White.They are just now going down. I'll harvest next week, replace with hot peppers and then replant garlic in November. Our favas were done last month.

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

Well we all know what went here my garlic flopped ,only not to being hard on myself ,it is or was, from bubils and it was my first time growing garlic.

Cherry Grove, OH(Zone 6b)

This year we are growing hardneck and softneck also, silverskins, purple stripes, marbled purple stripes. All were cloves saved from previous crops and were planted in the fall. We don't always have success with softnecks, but this year all did very well. Our location is right on the 6a/6b border.

I expect to be harvesting the rest of the garlic this month along with the favas which we are picking as dry beans this year.

Sorry to hear about your garlic crop, Juhur7. I hope your other crops are doing well.

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

I don't know where to post this, but here goes. I have several holes in the ground in my hoophouse where I grow tomatoes and garlic, that I don't know what is making them. They also have come up in my garlic bed which is a raised bed of cinder block, and 2 of my garlic plants are gone.

The holes are about 1 1/2 inches across and no soil (mounds). Just holes. I have never heard of any kind of snakes here that would do that. I have moles and voles. Don't know what would do that. Moles leave mounds, and voles use their tunnels, right?

Please help, or send me somewhere that someone can. Thanks.

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

Jnette ; that is exactly what my voles do!!!,unfotunately I have no Idea who to direct you to,or how to solve the problem.

Cherry Grove, OH(Zone 6b)

The only thing that I can verify will work on voles are mouse traps.
The typical snap traps baited with a piece of apple works very well.

Dig a hole into the vole run and place the trap in it, you can locate it by looking for their holes.
Set a bucket over the hole to keep out the light (a wide board will work, you just need to block the light).
Check the trap in a couple of hours and reset it if you catch a vole.

Don't rely on one trap, trust me, you don't have just one vole. Depending on the area, you might want to set out a dozen or more. Look under low lying shrubs for holes and under/around woodpiles, water barrels, or other items on the ground that don't move often.

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