|Lorz Italian ready for planting|
I did a few of the things he recommended for the soil in preparation for my garlic planting. I added a large amount of organic compost as well as my own home grown organic compost to the planting beds and then added a significant amount of blood meal to give the soil nitrogen. I tilled all of this into my rows and then planted the garlic. I planted between 2 and 3 inches deep about 6 inches apart in rows 3 garlics wide.
|Lucky me, I had some very fine help!|
Garlic is divided into two basic groups commonly called hardneck and softneck. Hardnecks produce a hard scape with a flower bulbil, softnecks are great for braiding because they are just as they are called, "soft" which makes them pliable. Softnecks have a harder to peel wrapper around each clove and typically store longer than the easy to peel hardnecks. There are a few subspecies under the hardneck and softneck. Softnecks include Silverskins which is what you buy at the grocery store (includes Creole types) and Artichokes (includes Asiatics and Tubans which are oddly hardnecks). Hardnecks includes Rocambole, Porcelain, and Purple Stripe (Glazed and Marbled).
A quick rundown on the varieties of garlic that I planted: I planted Japanese an Asiatic Hardneck, Xian a Turban Hardneck, Metichi a Marbled Purple Stripe Hardneck, Chesnok Red a Standard Purple Stripe Hardneck, Lorz Italian an Artichoke Softneck, Inchelium Red an Artichoke Softneck, a Silverskin from Borski Farms, a mystery Hardneck from Borski Farms, and a Korean Asiatic from Ranui Gardens.
|Planted and ready to go.|
Putting all of this into the ground makes me terribly excited for spring, although I need a winter rest. I think that I must love punishment because this is a tremendous amount of work, and never seems to end. I am sure that the results will be very worth all of the effort and exhaustion!!!