Cold weather is upon us once again, which means that it is time to plant some garlic!
After our biggest garlic harvest EVER, it feels good to know that we've closed the loop entirely on this simple (yet all-important) ingredient. Our success with the harvest can be credited to our winter hoop houses and lots of chicken manure; key components to the largest garlic bulbs we've ever grown.
|Garlic growing this Summer|
While we do grow more than the three varieties listed below, this is all I've managed to plant. The Husband and I enjoy the hot varieties best, but there is really something to be said for the sweet, full-bodied flavors found in the more mild varieties.
|Your humble Cottager's much sought after identity is finally revealed! Oh, and I have some garlic!|
Ontario Purple Trillium (“OPT”)
- Early to mature, sturdy stalks, large bulbs
- Very hot!
Softneck (easier to braid)
- Northwest Heirloom
- High yielding, blue-purple bulb wrappers, stores well
- Old-world variety
- Winter hardy. Great for braiding. Ready in early Summer.
- Rich and hot. Maintains heat after roasting.
Eventually, I'd like to swap other varieties with some garlic aficionados. If you have a variety to recommend, I'd love to hear it!