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We have decided to grow garlic, so exciting…

 

We have had so many thoughts about what to plant on our land, create a market garden, grow lavender, Christmas trees, garlic? We finally settled on growing garlic and Christmas trees.

So last year in May/June we planted 3 different varieties of garlic. NZ Early purple, Printanor and Kakanui. We have planted both soft neck and hard neck varieties.

The hard neck variety produces flower scapes before the actual garlic bulb is ready. These are lovely to add to any stir fry, roasted veggies, or why not in a pie… The flavor is not as intense as a garlic bulb and can therefor be used more like a springonion. The hard neck is planted in May and harvested around November/December and then cured for a few weeks before it is brought into storage. As opposed to the soft neck variety, the hard necks produce fewer but usually bigger cloves distributed around a hard main stem that goes through the bulb.

The soft neck will not produce any scapes. They are amazing to store, and also to braid for hanging in your kitchen.

The whole family has been engaged in the process of weeding, harvesting, curing, and arranging the garlic for storage. Most of this years harvest has been saved for seed to make it possible for us to expand this coming garlic season. .

We would love for you to follow our journey. If you are keen to buy some garlic when it’s ready don’t hesitate to get in touch. We allow pick up from the farm or you can buy it in our online store.

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