|SOME OF THE MANY HEIRLOOM VARIETIES OF GARLIC I AM PLANTING THIS WEEKEND. ALL ARE FROM TERRITORIAL SEED. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ORDER SOME RIGHT NOW, AND PLANT A ROW OR TWO.|
Garlic is currently one of those stylish crops, stylish in a sense that hip farmers markets now carry countless varieties of heirloom garlics, and festivals abound in the late summer just after the garlic harvest in August. I have resisted growing garlic for no particular reason other than perhaps that when it comes time to order garlic, I prefer to spend my money on other bulbs. I also rarely think of garlic until spring when I see garlic scape's in other peoples gardens ( like my brothers), and then I kick myself for not planting it.
|GARLIC MUST BE ORDERED IN THE LATE SUMMER, AND IS BEST PLANTED BETWEEN OCTOBER 1 AND NOVEMBER 15 IN MOST NORTHERN US ZONES.|
There are two types of garlic, Hardneck type which has a stiff 'neck' or dried stem, and it typically has very large cloves, then there is Softneck - the sore you typically get at the supermarket. You can plant supermarket garlic too, but don't expect good results since most commercial garlic is grown in China or California, and most has been treated with a sprout inhibitor, which will cause even sprouting cloves to eventually weaken and die.
|CLOVES MUST BE SEPARATED BEFORE PLANTING, AND 3 or 4 HEADS WILL GIVE YOU A BOWL FULL OF CLOVES, OR ABOUT 35 - 45.|
Since I have a "terrier problem", I used the now cleaned cucumber trellising to discourage unnecessary snuffling and digging from our furry friends, until they forget that I showed some interest in the raised beds.
Here is a shot of the Brunsvigia bosmaniae mentioned in y previous post. After a cool, rainy weekend, it is starting to fade. It does look like the honey bees were successful in pollinating the rare plant, and in a pot next to this, some seedlings from last years bloom are emerging.