Last April Brian came in from dumping the compost and said he had found a stalk of corn growing in the pile.
I said, “Corn doesn’t grow in Oregon in April.” But he insisted it was corn and that it must be able to grow because the compost was so warm.
I let him play with his “corn stalk” without commenting further.
He dug it up and planted it in a large pot so he could bring it into the backyard where he could keep an eye on it. He worried when it’s leaves drooped or became brown. He watered it and generally babied that plant.
I remember saying a couple of times that I could use some of that help in the garden with the rows of corn we grow…
When we finished most of our backyard remodel, I thought I’d put Brian’s plant in the ground for him so that it would be easier to take care of.
Lo and behold, I found a large bulb of garlic cloves on the bottom of his “corn” stalk!
He just laughed when I told him. But he still loved it and he has been asking when we should harvest it for about a month.
The time came about a week ago- the top was starting to brown and had fallen over. Oh, and as you can see, Brian can’t do anything without Samson there- that dog adores him and follows him everywhere.
That is one proud garlic (aka “corn”) grower.
And you know what? His garlic bulb is bigger than any I grew out in the garden! It really did like that compost. I guess I’ve got to add a lot more to the garlic bed this fall.
What are you harvesting now?
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