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Life without Garlic is bland. We all need, no crave, its zip and zing. We'd be happiest if we inhaled its warm, piquant aroma every night. We offer endless ways in which to enjoy its comforting goodness: Creamy Tomato, Bacon and Blue Cheese Linguine, Eggplant Parmigiana, Jo's Garlic Croutons, Kristy's Garlic Blue Cheese Dip, Lemon-Garlic Shrimp, Mixed Grill Sate, Our Favorite Pesto Sauce, Rich Zesty Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing and Savory Bacon Corn Chowder. Or simply roasted for a smooth nutty spread over warm crusty Italian bread drizzled with really good olive oil.The number of Garlic heads in a 1-pound set is determined by the annual harvest: it ranges from 3 huge heads to 7 small heads per pound. Easy to grow, each planted clove will produce a full head of Garlic with between 8 to 20 cloves per head. Prized for its medicinal and culinary attributes, there are two types of Garlic: Softnecks and Hardnecks, Hardnecks send up a stiff flower stalk and are more cold hardy than their Softneck siblings. In colder areas, Garlic should be planted around the time of your first fall frost; in more temperate areas, it may be planted from mid-October through early December. Plant individually, root side down 1" deep and 4" to 6" apart in rows spaced 18" apart. Green shoots will emerge within several weeks of planting. Perennial.

There are two types of Garlic:
Softnecks (Spring or Fall shipment) Hardiness zone: 5-9, in cold zones plant in early spring.

Hardnecks (Fall shipment only). Hardiness zone: 4-9.

We ship one pound of top size Garlic sets in time for planting in your area. Garlic Sets may not be shipped to Georgia, Nevada, Hawaii, Idaho or the following 5 counties in the state of Washington: Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant and Klickitat.

#8110 Early Italian Purple Garlic Fall-Shipped (Softneck)
This Italian import is one of the easiest to grow. It is vigorous, widely adaptable and quite prolific, producing large, milky-white, thick-skinned bulbs with light purple stripes at its base and up to 20, plump cloves. Easy to braid with soft main stalks without flowers, this softneck can store up to 10 months with proper curing once harvested. Shipped in the fall at the proper time for planting in your area.

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#8117 Inchelium Red Garlic Fall-Shipped (Softneck)
Discovered on the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA, this artichoke-type taste-test winner has a mild flavor with just a hint of heat. Its densely sheathed, large, 3” white bulbs have a flushed purple base with eight to 20 cloves. Another terrific long-keeping softneck, it has a pleasing flavor both raw and cooked.

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#8120 German Red Rocambole Garlic (Hardneck: Fall shipment only)
A German heirloom, this hardneck is vigorous with large, juicy bulbs and 8 to 12, easy-to-peel cloves. Hardnecks send up a stiff flower stalk and are more cold-hardy than their softneck siblings. It is light brown with a purple-tinged base. Often producing double sets, it is prized for its spicy, rich flavor. Use this variety shortly after harvest in sauces, salads or as a roasted spread on crusty breads: it does not store well over time.

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#8145 Spanish Rojo Garlic (Hardneck: Fall shipment only)
Best grown in colder climates, this cherished mid-season heirloom is the gold standard for garlic gourmands with a swoonable, full, rich garlic taste. A gorgeous bulb with 7 to 13 garnet-red cloves, Spanish Rojo peels easily~just press each clove free of its papery skin. Savor shortly after harvest, for it does not store well.

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#8125 Growing Garlic Planting Instructions
Prepare and Planting
Plant in your garlic bulbs in a fertile, well-drained soil. Prepare your bed by turning under or tilling in compost or well-rotted manure. Separate the cloves and plant each individual clove, root end down. Plant shallots 1” deep, 4-6” apart in 18” spaced rows roots side down, just deep enough so that the tip lies level with the soil surface. Garlic will form a cluster of 5-24 cloves around the original garlic.

Do not use mulch as it may rot bulbs, which are not strong enough to push through mulch. After planting garlic, water well or lightly in heavy soils, and only water again when the soil is dry. Remember, garlic love water and food, but they must have good drainage or the bulbs will rot.

In the Spring, feed the garlic with either composted manure or a well-balanced fertilizer before the bulbs begin to enlarge. Keep the bulbs well watered and weeded; they grow best with at least 1" of water per week. Remove any seed stalks that form to focus the garlics' energy into forming cloves. Garlic should be Spring planted in very cold areas.

Harvesting & Storage
A few weeks before harvesting stop watering the garlic. Different growers have different rules of thumb regarding the best time to harvest: when the lower leaves are half to three-quarters brown when the plants are 40% brown, 60% green.

The dying back of the leaves is only an approximate indicator. Inspect a few bulbs in the ground by carefully scraping away the dirt. Pull the garlic from the ground when the bulb has reached a good size and before the wrappers begin to deteriorate or the bulbs begin to split open. If a bulb is not well-wrapped, and the skins on the cloves are not intact, the garlic will not keep well. Learning exactly when to stop watering and when to harvest is a matter of judgment that comes with experience.

Use a flat, narrow-bladed shovel to loosen the ground beside the garlic and pull the plants by hand. Be careful as garlic bruises easily.

Regardless of what you read elsewhere, do not leave your garlic in the sun to cure, because they might sunburn and rot. Store your garlic in mesh bags (like onion sacks) in a cool dry area.. You should let the bulbs dry for about a month.

They can be stored for up to 8 months for soft neck garlic and just a few months for hardneck garlic if kept at their optimum storage temperature of 35°-45°F.

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