Last winter the garlic did so well that I decided to plant even more for this winter. And when I say more, I mean WAY more. In fact, most of the vegetable garden is now garlic. There are a few rows of Kale and a couple of shallots. But there are now 8 different varieties of garlic planted and overwintering in the garden.
When I knew I wanted to plant more garlic I fast discovered that there are many types of garlic available. Garlic is not just the white garlic we see in the produce section at the store. I was already aware that there are soft neck and hard neck varieties. But I soon discovered that it was way more complicated than that. There are like silverskin and artichoke types. Some are even purple and red and some are even striped. Each variety has different characteristics. Some store very well, some are bigger, some taste stronger, and some are mild.
I fast decided I wanted to experiment this winter with how various varieties would grow in the Mid Atlantic. I planted all 8 varieties over a week. Now, I knew that over a whole winter the plant markers would get lost or fade beyond recognition. So, I also drew a map of what type of garlic is where.
The varieties I have planted are:
- California Softneck
- Music Hardneck
- Krandasger Red Hardneck
- Duganski Purple Stripe Hardneck
- Pioneer Softneck
- Deerfield Purple Hardneck
- Silver Rose Softneck
- Chesnok Red Hardneck
I also have some rows of Russian Kale that have grown during the winter. The leaves are just getting palm sized so I think it will be another two months or so before I have enough for a salad. I know from prior years that kale will perk up as the weather warms. However, the heat of summer completely kills these plants. V