Most Wisconsin garlic producers have wrapped up harvest and are transitioning to planting preparations for this fall. As the garlic has come out of the ground and been put up to dry, it is looking like a fairly average year for the crop.
Angela Adams is the owner of Adams Garlic Farm in Cassville with her husband, Don. She shares more about how the crop fared this year and goes on to outline the work that goes into raising garlic in Wisconsin.
Adams said that there weren’t any major issues with weather or pests/diseases this year. When it comes to raising garlic, she says that having healthy soil and rotating the crop yearly helps to ensure that pests and diseases won’t pose any problems.
All of the work that goes into raising garlic is done by hand, according to Adams. The bulbs are planted in the fall and die off over the winter months. Around June, the scapes are harvested. These are basically tendrils out of the top of the garlic plant that contain the seed pod. The garlic in then harvested from July through August by using a steel bar to loosen up the soil around the garlic.