Don’t forget friends! Garlic is also a bulb, so that means that in the northeast, it’s time to plant a pungent patch! Garlic is incredibly easy to grow, just set it and forget it as they say in infomercials. It’s one of the best return-on-investment plants out there in my humble opinion! The next time you’re at the farmers market or farm stand, grab a few heads and make a spot for them. Trust me, you’ll thank us come summer! ~AR
My seed garlic for planting this year…all of this is from my own crop that I harvested this summer. I don’t have much left to store for winter/spring eating but I ordered some more organic garlic (what I could find that wasn’t sold out anyway) for eating and also to experiment w/different varieties for planting.
These are all hardneck garlics, which tend to do well in cold winter climates like Michigan. I don’t grow softneck but may try to someday.
Top ~ German White Porcelain. This grows HUGE (the bottom photo shows the cloves next to a quarter) and is wonderful for roasting. I’ve grown these for several years and will plant from my own stock this year plus try one of the bulbs I ordered from the west coast to see how it does in comparison. I’m saving the others that I ordered and a few heads I grew for eating but wish I had more. Oh well…gotta build up to where I have enough to plant and enough to eat.
In the white bowl with the German White is Leah, a variety I ordered last year because that’s my own name. It did better than I expected in the crappy bed w/weeds and I think it’ll do better this year for me.
Bottom left is Brown Vesper, my favorite along with the German White and on the right is Killarney Red, which is also very nice and does well for me.
The Brown Vesper was planted at last minute from my own stock and the crop from that is much improved over what I ordered and harvested the previous year. Larger bulbs/cloves :)
I ordered Northern White, Romanian Red and German Red to eat/experiment with planting and also some culinary grade Polish Jenn & Music to eat but will plant a few cloves and see what happens there as well. I’m also expecting one grower to send me a few cloves of Belarus to try.
The time to plant garlic is NOW :D