Did you plant Organic Garlic last year? If you did, don't forget to let it cure after harvest.
We are planning and mapping out our gardens
for our next Organic Garlic planting. I was so impressed at how well
our raised beds grew this past season that we're expanding into several
new beds this October.
**Please read: Pre-orders of Organic Garlic
were offered from July thru August 20th. We expect to sell out of our
remaining varieties by the end of September and will not be able to
offer organic garlic again until 2017**
we ship on a first come, first serve basis, your order may not ship
until days or weeks later. You will receive an email when your order
ships. Last year we sold out in Mid-September and were unable to accept
purchase additional items in a separate order. Items ordered with
Organic Garlic will ship after September 19th and into October. No order
minimum on garlic"
Fall is the time to plant for best
yields and highest quality bulbs. Generally plant in September-January.
In very cold areas, plant by mid-October, and protect your crop with a
thick layer of mulch such as straw. Expect to harvest it in June-July.
One lb of garlic seed equals approx. a 25' row with 4" spacing between
plants. For most garlic varieties, expect an optimum 10 lb yield for
each pound planted.
First, let's talk terminology
Below is a single CLOVE of garlic.
If you break up a head of garlic, you get lots of smaller cloves
Below is a BULB of garlic and is often referred to as a head of garlic.
From a customer, "In Spanish, a clove is called a diente (tooth), and the head is called cabeza (head)!"
HARDNECK Rocambole garlic has wrappers that are typically reddish in color, such as Killarney Red.
However, color is not the only requirement for this category, as some
varieties may be white or purple colored. Rocambole scapes are more
tightly curled than other varieties. Most rocambole varieties produce 8
to 10 cloves per head.
garlic, also called artichoke garlic due to their numerous cloves that
give them an appearance similar to the "petals" of an artichoke head,
is the most common garlic due to its excellent storage
characteristics. This is the kind you will find in grocery stores.
**Softnecks are the most heat tolerant of garlic, and have a sweeter,
milder flavor than hardnecks. If you're looking to make garlic braids,
this is the type to grow. Inchelium Red is a softneck variety
JUST A TIP: Soak garlic cloves in Organic Kelp Meal and water for 2 hours before planting.
One important factor in planting
garlic is PLANNING AHEAD. First, because garlic takes 6 months or more
to grow so you'll need a suitable spot. Second because organic garlic
bulbs are not available year-round. There is usually a short window to purchase "seed garlic" and then it's gone.
SUGGESTED PLANTING TIME FOR GARLIC
remember that these are "suggested" dates. You'll find that different
sources might have different dates. I tend to be a bit of a rebel
gardener so I sometimes plant earlier and sometimes later.
Central Midwest: October. Early November in a pinch
Gulf Coast: October thru November
Maritime Canada & New England: October
Mid Atlantic: October
North Central & Rockies: Late September and into October
Pacific Northwest: Late September and into October. Early November in a pinch
Southern Interior: October. Early November in a pinch
Southwest: October thru November
Hawaii: Late September thru October
San Diego: October thru November
North Florida: October thru February
Central Florida: October thru February
South Florida: October thru February
**October thru December might give you a better chance at a successful crop**