Planting Garlic種大蒜

正在今天天氣很溫暖,我把爸爸夏天帶來的大蒜種進土裡去了。爸爸自嘲退休後都反璞回真,變成了一個農夫。在溫哥華的家後院種滿了蔬菜水果,整個秋天跟夏天都不用買菜,想要甚麼去後院摘就好了。爸媽來看我的時候帶了一堆自己種的有機大蒜來,顆顆飽滿,放在乾燥陰涼處就可以過一整個冬天,不像外面買的大蒜,過沒幾天就扁掉發黑。

16 degrees outside! Today is such a nice day for outdoor activity, and I have decided to plant some garlic. These garlic cloves are from my dad’s backyard. They are totally organic and I can’t wait to see if they will survive the winter.

大蒜要在秋天的時候種入土裡,等到明年春天就會發芽。要如何準備種大蒜呢? 先要把一整顆的大蒜剝成一瓣一瓣,但是皮要留著不能剝。(如圖)

Since I don’t have a garden, I am planting the garlic cloves in a pot. First divide the garlic bulb into individual garlic cloves; make sure the skins are intact.

Garlic cloves ready for planting!

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然後底下要有至少10cm的土,把大蒜種進去,尖尖的頭要朝上 (如圖)

Then make sure there is enough soil underneath as the garlic roots can grow quite deep underneath. (At least 10cm) Plant the garlic cloves with the pointy tips up.

Pointy sides up!

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再來把大蒜埋起來,至少要有6cm的土在上面,稍微澆點水,土壓緊一點,這樣就可以了。最好上面可以鋪些樹葉樹枝做護根(mulch),這樣冬天可以保濕保暖,泥土比較不會完全結凍。還是多少要澆點水喔。

Finally, cover the cloves with more soil. Again, about another 10cm of soil as the garlic can grow really high. It is recommended to layer some mulch on top as well to insulate the garlic in the winter and maintain the moisture in the soil.

等到明年春天開始長葉子的時候,可以把葉子剪一些來炒菜,連大蒜花聽說都很好吃。到了夏天,就可以整株拔起來收成大蒜球了!

Practically all parts of the garlic plant are edible. Next spring, if all goes well, I will be able to pick garlic flowers and leaves for stir fry or pesto. And the garlic bulb should be ready to be harvested in the summer! YAY! Fingers crossed!

Useful Websites: How to grow garlic & Garlic Recipe