First Sprouts of Garlic! — 4 Comments

  1. Estonian Red — know nothing. We both have a weakness for trying new garlic. With 13 varieties in the ground and 3 more in my food cache, I’m trying to cut down but probably won’t and got an eye on a couple new varieties from your dirt. *** Chinese Pink — didn’t believe Terratorial’s write up, but indeed it did deliver over 4 weeks earlier than any other last year in what was a v e r y s l o w season. Dug around the bulbs of a few to confirm when to dig … looked for clove definition, bulb size and/or 1-2 brown leaves. Bulb Size was larger than expected from the size of the plants. Very Mild. *** 1 inch of cut grass mulch which was removed last week. Not a single baby weed! *** Siberian (and Bavarian Purple) in the South. Family live in the Piedmont … near the mountains so it is a little cooler … there are garlic farmers in the vicinity who sell at Farmers’ Markets. Clay soil there so let’s not complain about our silt. BTW — this year Terratorial changed the name of Bavarian Purple to Bavarian RED with the same write up as before for B. PURPLE…. go figure.

    • Bavarian Purple – Bavarian Red – Hmmm –
      This is the problem with names. There are likely a lot of garlic varieties that are, in reality, the same. I am trying to track down the origins of my Juan de Fuca Wonders, which I admit, I named because I didn’t know what they were. Course, I’ve been growing these since 1976 – and in the Sequim area since 1987, so they are pretty acclimated to our conditions. There is a very good chance that they might be Spanish Roja – and there is also a good chance that Killarney Red is ALSO Spanish Roja. My understanding from Meredith’s “The Complete Book of Garlic,” though, is that the technology isn’t quite there yet to tell us for sure. Even so, no use compounding the problem, right?

  2. Hi Blythe–
    The 5 varieties I got from you are all doing very well (look like yours) … Polish White, Siberian, Metechi, German X Hardy, and Romanain Red. The Polish White ‘Eaters’ are in great shape and will be for another couple months. ‘Blossom’, another early Turban, was added to my stable …. estimated 2+ weeks earlier than most garlic but not as early as Chinese Pink at 4+ weeks early but with a slightly hotter flavor. BTW — family from all over the the SE — Virginia, SC and Georgia planted your Siberian, after eating some, and it is in great shape too.
    Was tempted to heavily mulch this year but learned from you that in ‘our’ marine climate it can be a disaster.
    The camera loves Barkley … what a handsome dog …. in person too.

    • Hi Bob -the ones I got from you are also doing very well – especially that Chinese Pink! I am so impressed. Very anxious to start that one. Do you grow Estonian Red? I have a friend who wants to trade me some – might have a little extra to share. I’ve heard it’s really good. So glad to hear the Siberian is doing well back east – and even in SC & GA. If they can stick with it a couple of years, it will do even better as it acclimates to their conditions. The mulch might be a good idea later in the year when it starts getting dry – but by then the garlic is almost ready to harvest anyway, so it’s hardly worth the trouble. We are sure to get lots of wind & rain in the next month, and the beds really help with the drainage. My layout is so much different this year, and I can tell that the extra surface area is really making the most of whatever sun we get, which is still pretty low in the sky. (Barkley is getting better with age, for sure — couldn’t ask for a more devoted dog!)

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