Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Garlic & Onions Are In!

One of the Entrances to Our Garden- Taken a few Years ago

Craig and I were unable to get our garlic in last Fall because of our busy schedule and boy was I heart broken! Therefore, I had no garlic to sell this Fall or enjoy on our own family table. This year we reordered organic garlic from Seed Savers Exchange again and are happy to be able to get it and a lot of onions planted! Once you grow your own garlic and onions - like tomatoes- you will wonder how you ever did with out them and what those imposters are that they sell at the grocery store!Below are the varieties that we have planted this time around.
I prefer to plant on or around October 15th. We spread a good amount of dried blood around the garlic and onions- they thrive on it! Then cover them with about 6 inches of straw.

Print or read Seed Saver's Planting Guide here .

Russian Giant
Pleasantly mild flavor, large cloves are easy to peel. Consistantly one of the largest garlics we grow at The PURE Gardener, both the plants and bulbs. Hardneck, 4-7 cloves per bulb. CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Shvelisi ( Chesnok Red ) Garlic
Originates from the village of Shvelisi, Republic of Georgia. Nicely colored bulbs peel easily. Good lingering taste, retains flavor well when cooked. Rated as one of the very best for baking or roasting. Stores well. Hardneck, 8-12 cloves per bulb. CERTIFIED ORGANIC

German Extra Hardy
Vigorous grower with long roots that enable it to overwinter without heaving out of the ground. Outside skin is ivory-white, clove skin is dark red. Strong raw flavor, high sugar content, one of the very best for roasting. Good keeper. Hardneck, 4-7 cloves per bulb. SUSTAINABLY GROWN: without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.

Elephant Garlic
Not a true garlic, but actually in the leek family. Huge cloves, and much milder than regular garlic. Bulbs have potential to grow 3-5" in diameter and up to one pound, dry weight under ideal conditions. Bulbs average 4-5 cloves. CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Red Wethersfield Onion
Great to plant in the fall for young green onions and over winter for Spring!

White Ebenezer Onion

Another good onion for Fall planting. Excellent for young green onions and to over winter- good to -30 degrees!

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