Garlic Scapescomments (12) June 15th, 2009
One of the joys of spring is seeing signs of life in your garden, and one of the first is the garlic shoots pushing their way through the mulch. As the season advances, the plants grow tall and strong. Late in June, a curious thing happens: on each plant, a stalk appears. It's an odd, curlicue shape, and it's called a scape.
Scapes are flower stalks, and if allowed to remain on the plant they will soon flower and form seeds, sapping energy from bulb production. If you want to harvest good-sized garlic bulbs in a few weeks (and who doesn't?), it's advisable to cut them off when they appear,
If you cut them when they first appear, they are tender enough to eat. For a quick pasta sauce, I like to cut them into inch-long pieces and sauté them in olive oil. They can also be added to soups and stews.
|Get more info on garlic:
• Video: How to Grow Garlic
• Garlic as an Herbal Medicine
• Making the Most of Garlic
• Using Baby Garlic (Green Garlic)
• Recipe: Garlic Conserve
• Harvesting Garlic
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