This year we had a very successful garlic crop – in our front yard. Last summer, I visited my friend East Texas Red near Perth Ontario, where we went to the Perth Garlic Festival. There I bought a few different varieties for planting. I talked to various growers about the different varieties and listened to all sorts of recommendations. In the end I simply chose a few different ones to plant.
A more organized gardener than I would have carefully labeled each variety so I could track which produced the best garlic or the most robust bulbs. I didn’t do that. As it turned out, the garlic I bought in Perth produced a great yield of quality bulbs. We’ve been using it in the kitchen since I harvested in summer, and we have enough to last us well into the winter. I can’t say that any of the garlic I planted is superior to other bulbs. It’s all really excellent. I can say that there is a range of bulb sizes, but that may have had more to do with the spots they were planted than the variety. I don’t know.
Normally in our environment, garlic should be planted in the fall the for following year’s harvest. In past years I’ve planted in mid to late October. This year I waited just a little longer. Today I chose examples of the biggest bulbs to plant for next season, and this afternoon I planted them in a few different spots out front.