We’re going to talk today about planting stiff-necked garlic. This has grown locally and, if you’re wondering well, I don’t know where to get garlic.
You can talk to your local nursery and they many times can order plants or bulbs or cloves or what-have-you for you that you might not think that they they could and go from that route or you could give me or you could contact your local Extension Office And see if there is someone that grows it locally, if you wanted to go that route also, this garlic does very well here. This is called Spanish rosa, a nice stiff neck, garlic that that does well here and what you do simply is to take your hand and break it apart. It’S not that hard. They come apart like this. What I like to do with the ones or the the outer tunic has come off.
I will actually eat that part in in whatever I’m making with garlic. Some of you may wonder why I I wouldn’t plant one that has the outer outer layer outer tunic off of it. The odor brown layer is a protective layer for the plant and by leaving that on you’re giving the plant an advantage over things that might attack it various fungus or insect what-have-you. This gives it a little bit of a shield where this one does not have that, and so that’s why I like to plant these and I like to use these for consumption, but where the tunic has stayed on. I will plant that approximately four to six inches deep in some nice loose friable soil cover it up next spring, but I’ll have come up.
There is a broadleaf grass like plant, which is the garlic, and it will do very well and have a vantage over the ones that are planted in the spring. The garlic that is planted here needs the cold dormancy period to help it to make a nice-sized break apart type of a plant versus a solid, almost like an onion type of a bulb that you can get without a cold period. That’S all that’s to it later. On you’ll want to remember that you planted it here or put some stakes here with what what it is and where you’ve got it tuned you’ll be ready to go for next year we planted the garlic last fall in about October time frame, and it grew some Of it came out some, it didn’t come out of the ground. The snow came, and now it’s spring it.
We’Ve got a Oh between a 4 to 6 inch growth on the garlic now and that’ll really help it throughout the year. You can see that it’s coming up very nice. It has a similar look to grass, so you got to kind of watch this, so you don’t pull it out. I think it’s a weed. The other thing with the garlic is with the cold period.
What happens with that is when you plant it it’s a nice solid one unit, two type of a piece: the cold period will help to break that apart, so that you get the clove garlic bulb. Look that you find in a store versus on an onion type of a look. If you don’t have the cold period, it doesn’t tend to break apart and it’ll be just one solid type of a of a product at this stage of the garlic. What we have is a harvest stage. How do you know when to harvest it?
Oh, I always go by what the plants are looking at. Looking like, if you look at the outer leaf of the bottom of the garlic here, you can see that it’s brown and that indicates that the plant is ready to harvest. Sometimes people will cut off the scapes in an earlier stage so that they don’t form these little tiny garlic bulb eul’s on the top. What that will do will cause an increase in the bottom part of the garlic, color clothes or the bulbs to be 5 to 20 % larger than they are now. It’S not necessary to do it, but if you want a larger garlic product to utilize, this is a good idea to clip these off.
These also can be used for planting garlic, but it’s a different type of time line versus a 1 season. This can be a 2 or 3 season type of an ordeal that you increase your garlic tremendously by planting these, but it does take two to three times as long to get the same product as far as digging garlic, I like to use a potato fork. It does a nice job of digging it out. Some people will ask why don’t you just pull it out many times the garlic is six inches deep and pulling it out will actually break it off, causing you to have a product that you have to dig out. Anyways, if you don’t have one of these, you can use a shovel, but for ease of digging.
This is the route to go. Well, let’s get at it. Here’S a little garlic, cloves bulbs that we’ve got we just dug up here. They would be 5 to 20 % larger, had we clipped off this portion of it, but we haven’t, and so this is what we have we’re going to gently brush off the soil. Let them dry down a little bit in in a nice shady spot and then we’ll brush off some more soil and then I’ll store them till about October, or this fall and I’ll and I’ll peel these apart then and plant them you can also at that time.
I will eat some of them, but I prefer to keep the largest ones for planting for next year and eat the smaller ones and go from there at this stage. I’M going to take them and brush them off after they’ve dried down for home, maybe a day or so that dirt is dry, I’m not a really big into washing them off. Unless I have to, I seemed for me to keep better when you just brush the dirt off and I’ll. Do that I’ll just stick them in the shade, let the dirt dry off and after that then just and store some of them until all about a month or so when we plant them again stir it up again eat some of the smaller ones. The larger ones will keep for for planting.
One thing to note, too, is there’s different types of garlic. This is a stiff-necked garlic called Killarney. That’S very well here, as you can see, and there there are some silver necks and the silver necks. Just for my experience. Haven’T done as well or not as well at all compared to this to the stiff neck side are here.
This is a stiff neck called Killarney, very impressed with it and, as you can see, it has a nice beautiful, I’m a light purplish color to it.