|Here you see the "basal plate" of the clove, which goes downward when planted. The roots will grow from this base, while the leaves will shoot up from the pointy end of the clove.|
|Use a rake to fill the holes, and then add 5 - 6 inches of straw mulch. |
We've added a chicken wire cage as protection from marauding deer.
Here at Full Circle Farm, we grow two types of stiffneck garlic, "Red Chec," and "German Extra Hardy." Stiffneck garlic varieties are generally considered to be more flavorful than softneck varieties, and are thus more popular with
home growers and gourmet restaurants.
I hope you are inspired to plant even a small patch of garlic. Its health benefits are widely recognized. And you can never have too much. Because its flavor is superior to grocery store garlic, it is always a welcome gift for friends and family. When we harvest more than we need for the year for ourselves and friends, our local food co-op is always happy to purchase whatever we can supply.
And you can save out part of your harvest for next year's "seed!"
For more information on garlic varieties and production, see the book
"Growing Great Garlic" by Ron Engeland