Great Garlic Combo
We've made your garlic shopping easy with this combination of two of our most popular and tasty varieties. One each, hardneck and softneck variety for mouthwatering, scrumptious fresh-from-the-garden flavor and long-lasting storability. Each combo consists of 1 package of Duganski (Hardneck) and 1 package of Susanville (Softneck). Our small combo consists of 2 8-ounce packages (a $3.95 savings), and our large combo consists of 2 1-pound packages (a $5.75 savings).
Duganski: Mid-season. A stunningly beautiful, purple stripe garlic with large bulbs and an amazing flavor that matches its looks and size. Purple outer wrappers protect the violet-tinged cloves that burst with a fiery flavor and mellow out with a pleasant aftertaste. Our strain is virus free, which results in much bulkier, larger heads.
Susanville: Mid-season. Considered an improved selection of California Early. This popular softneck is white-skinned with some occasional pink. It's also one of our best varieties for roasting. The generous-sized cloves slip apart easily after roasting and spread effortlessly on French bread or tomato slices. The mild but true garlic flavor is a hit with all garlic fans. Good for braiding and stores for 6-9 months.
Garlic is shipped only in the fall-late September or early October, depending on the season. Quantities are limited; order before September 15th for best availability.
PLEASE READ: Not available to Idaho or Canada.
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Folklore is rife with tales of garlic's ability to bestow strength and courage, treat a vast array of disease and infections, and to ward off evil. Modern day medicine has shown this remarkable food to be powerfully effective at boosting the immune system, supporting cardiovascular health, and fighting cancer.
Hardneck Garlic: Allium sativum subsp. ophioscorodon Cloves grow in a single circle around a central woody stem. These varieties also produce, or attempt to produce, a flower stalk. What makes these garlics stand out is the range and quality of flavors they exhibit. Hardneck garlics typically have a shorter storage life than softnecks.
Softneck Garlic: Allium sativum subsp. sativum These varieties produce cloves in several layers around a soft central stem. Approximate cloves per pound can vary based on seasonal conditions and the variety. These easy-to-grow garlics are excellent in the kitchen and usually have the best storage qualities. Great for braiding.
Elephant Garlic: Allium ampeloprasum Not a true garlic, these enormous bulbs have much milder and sweeter flavor than garlic, as it's related more closely to a leek. Elephant garlic is planted 6-8 inches apart and covered with 4-6 inches of soil.
• Garlic thrives in rich, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0
• Work in 1 inch layer of compost, 1/2 cup of bone meal, 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet
• When spring growth begins: water to keep the soil slightly moist, and fertilize with Age Old Grow or TSC's Complete fertilizer
• As harvest approaches: water less to avoid molding or staining
• Hardnecks: cut off any flowering stems (scapes) at the top leaf to redirect energy to the bulb; scapes can be used like green onions
• In Northern regions, garlic is best planted by the end of October, or 6-8 weeks before frost
• Southern regions may plant as late as March
• Separate the cloves of garlic just prior to planting, keeping as much skin on as possible
• Plant cloves pointed end up
• Mulch with clean straw or leaves to 4 inches
Insects & Diseases
• Adapted to many climates, garlic is easy to grow and is bothered by few pests
• Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation, avoid soggy soil
Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when the top 4-5 leaves are slightly green, and lower leaves are dry
• Begin checking for mature bulbs in late June
• Each green leaf represents one layer of covering over the bulb in the ground
• If there are no green leaves when you harvest, you may find the cloves are exposed when you dig up the garlic
• Tie the plants in small bundles and dry in a cool, shaded, well-ventilated location for about 3-4 weeks
• After curing is done, cut the heads from foliage and store in mesh bags
• Softnecks: you can keep leaves on and braid the whole plant