So I got home from work today to find a package for me from the garlic farm. I knew immediately it was my order of garlic seed and garlic feed so I thought I'll put a post up and discuss what I'm growing.
Firstly there's two types of garlic hardneck and softneck I find this important when it comes to working out when your garlic is ready to harvest. Softneck varieties the stems lie flat on the ground when ready to harvest where as hardneck varieties are ready when most leaves have turned yellow and dry. Garlic also needs a period of cold weather in order to split the bulb into cloves which is why I always plant mine in the autumn/winter.
The first variety I'm growing is called early purple white. This variety I grew Lat year and have managed to save a couple of bulbs from this years crop of which I've planted one bulb last weekend at allotment 128b. I'll be following this this weekend with the bulb from the delivery so many can compare the performance of both bulbs. The other bulb will be grown at home. This variety is a softneck variety and planted September to October with harvests expected June to July. Expected to get about 10 to 12 cloves per bulb with an estimated bulb size of 50mm to 70mm.
The next variety is called vallelado Wight another softneck variety that I'll sow in a couple of weeks f weeks time. It can be sown between September and February but recommended to be sown between September and October. Harvest expected between June and July with about 8 to 10 cloves per bulb and an expected bulb size of 50mm to 80mm.
My next variety is called Provence Wight another softneck variety that I'll be sowing in mid October. It can be sown between September to January but best results are reported from October sowing. Expected cloves per bulb is 10 to 14 with an expected bulb size between 50mm to 90mm with harvests expected June to July.
My next one is called red Donetsk Wight and a hardneck variety. I'm planning to sow this around the end of October. This variety can be sown from September to December with best result from October or November sowing. Harvests are expected July with 7 to 10 cloves per bulb and expected bulb sizes of 50mm to 60mm.
Next is a softneck variety known as Picardy Wight that I shall be sowing early January. These can be sown between October and March but is recommended to sow in January. Harvests are expected July to August with about 12 to 16 cloves per bulb and an expected bulb size of 40mm to 60mm.
Solent Wight another softneck variety I shall be sowing about mid January but can be sown October to March but it is recommended to sow in January. Harvests expected July to August with 14 to 18 cloves per bulb with expected size of 50mm to 80mm.
And the final garlic I'm growing is Tuscany Wight that I'll be sowing late January. It's a softneck variety with 12 to 18 cloves per bulb and expected bulb size of 50mm to 80mm with harvest expected July to August.
Now something else in the package and also I had saved some seed in elephant garlic which isn't really a garlic but more a leak. As the name suggests these get big bulbs about 80mm to 150mm but only 4 to 8 cloves per bulb. I've already sown the saved seed and will be sowing the fresh seed in a couple of weeks. It can be sown between September and December but it's recommended between September and October. Harvest are expected in June. Elephant garlic has a much milder flavour then normal garlic but it's a popular choice with foodies.
So that's my garlic varieties I'm sowing but keep your eye out for my garlic growing guide in a few days time if you want to know how I plant and care for them. As for how they taste well that's a matter of opinion but I shall taste test these as they are harvested so look out for that too.