Today, a few more crops from my drive south to London last week, well south of the valley. Do you recognize this first one?
Although I've seen smaller plots of this crop, I've only ever seen one farm growing it, here on fairly heavy clay soil. The open row was a line of short stunted corn, apparently planted to catch blowing snow in the winter, but knocked down more recently. We drive past this farm every time we head south.
It's a crop that sometimes needs irrigation, at least on these soils. It's grown in rotation, and from what we've seen it requires manual harvesting and then has to be dried.
Not guessed yet? It's the bulb at the base that is harvested, and the Head Gardener here has a reputation in our community for the delicious varieties of this that she grows right here in our garden. Yes, it's Garlic! You can see the curlicue ends of the scapes (or what would become flower stalks), which need to be cut off to keep all the growth going to the bulb at the base. These are the only big fields of Garlic we've ever seen.
There were also fields of wheat, a lot more mature than any I've seen here in the valley. I thought I detected a hint of golden colour in this field, quite close to London.
You can see the grain at the top of the stalks quite easily; this will turn golden yellow before harvest in July.
And of course there was lots of corn; this field was shoulder-high! Around the valley it's only 2 feet yet at the most. Heat units make a big difference to corn.
And this field in front of the windmills just north of Arthur really surprised me. We have lots of hayfields around the valley; it's our single most common crop. But I have never before seen a field of hay where the bales have been wrapped individually and left sitting on their ends while still in the field. But it did make an interesting picture!
So that's what garlic looks like!ReplyDelete
Had guessed onions as there are fields of those where I grew up. Just last year we saw fields of giant marshmallow hay bales, too!ReplyDelete
What an informative post. I love garlic, but did not know it grew like this.ReplyDelete
I never knew what garlic (the plant) looked like. A town here in CA (Gilroy) claims to be "the garlic capital of the world" and even has an annual garlic festival.ReplyDelete
We are south east of London near lake Erie and see this in the fields all the time and have Garlic farmers as well in this area ! Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !ReplyDelete
No I have never seen fields of garlic before...very interesting:)ReplyDelete
I recognized the garlic in the third picture. My favorite vendor at the Farmers' Market sells garlic scares, which are wonderful when sautéed. And I had never before seen those "marshmallows" until I moved here, and here in the PNW we see them often. :-)ReplyDelete
So that's what garlic looks like! I've seen the wrapped hay bales before. Looks like an awful lot of work.ReplyDelete
May it all be a successful crop.ReplyDelete
You stumped the RG and that's a feat!ReplyDelete
Happy Canada Day! You may like my Outdoor Wed. post today ;)
I have never seen a field of garlic before. How interesting.ReplyDelete
Oh that was garlic. I didn't guess!! I've never seen it growing before, but I certainly do a lot of cooking with it. : )ReplyDelete