The 2016 garlic harvest is in. We are happy with the results. We will be trying to build up our seed stock for the next year, so we will only have a limited amount available for sale this year. The variety available is called Georgian Crystal. It is for sale at $16.00/pound. Contact us if you are interested.
For our very first cropping season we are going to use a straw mulch. We have secured straw bales from a local neighbor. I am estimating that the straw bales will be 18″ x 14″ x 4′ in size. It is desired to have at least 4 inches of straw mulch covering our garlic for the winter. We are another step closer in our preparation for planting. In our next post I hope to have some pictures of our planting site and soil preparation efforts.
The picture above is from the Seed Savers Exchange website. We were lucky enough to get our Georgian Crystal hardneck variety garlic order in prior to it being sold out. This is the variety that will be growing at the Iowa Garlic Farm this year. . Georgian Crystal is described as,
From the Gatersleben Seed Bank (#6819), also known as Cichisdzhvari, beautiful bulbs, mild flavor when raw, smooth and buttery when roasted. Excellent storage qualities. Hardneck, 4-6 cloves per bulb.
We are expecting 25 bulbs of this beauty to arrive later this month. In the meantime we will be making soil and mulch preparations.
Picture of Hardneck Garlic from the Seed Savers Exchange Website
For the 2016 garlic crop year we have chosen to purchase our seed garlic from the Seed Savers Exchange. Seed Savers Exchange is located near Decorah, Iowa and was founded in 1975. The mission of the Seeds Savers Exchange as listed on their website is,
“to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.”.
The 890-acre farm near Decorah is home to thousands of heirloom garden varieties, and it has a beautiful visitors center to stop and see if you are ever in the area. Check out their webpage here: http://www.seedsavers.org/