I want to grow garlic next year. Garlic that actually forms big bulbs, that I can cure and store in the basement hanging in braids. So I went to Ontario Seed Company in Waterloo and purchased some ‘seed garlic’. Now is the time to buy it – it gets planted October/November, when it’s so cold you don’t really want to be outside with your hands in the dirt. At least that’s what I’m getting from other people who’ve done it before.
In the pic above is the garlic I bought – it’s a hard-neck variety, the best for braiding because the stems will hold. Soft-neck garlic (usually the stuff in the grocery store from China, but not always) won’t really hold up for braiding. But I think I might head over to the grocery store and buy some to plant anyway, just for comparison. You can tell hard-neck vs. soft-neck fairly easily – see the hard stems coming out the top of the garlic in the pic? Yep. Hard-neck. Soft-neck garlic usually looks like it’s falling apart, with no sturdy stem in the middle. Maybe a little tuft that used to be a stem, but definitely not the woody stick that the hard-neck has.
These will sit on my desk as vampire repellents and conversation pieces until I plant them in the colder weather.