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)!"
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. SOFTNECK
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.
*This can make a huge difference*