December 14, 2015

Planting Hardneck Garlic At The Farm

If you live in the Northeast, you’ve been experiencing quite a warm December. Some areas have even had record-breaking high temperatures for this time of year. The mild weather has provided a little more time to plant those bulbs, but if you’re still working in the garden, try to hurry - temperatures are expected to fall later this week.

Garlic was among the last crops we planted at the farm this season. Although it can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, fall planting is recommended for most gardeners. This allows extra time for the bulbs to grow and become more flavorful for the summer harvest. We planted a lot of garlic from Keene Organics, a family owned farm in Wisconsin that sells certified organic and naturally grown gourmet bulbs for both eating and planting. Garlic is great for cooking and very good for your health. It is known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and carries antioxidant properties. Knowing that I also grow the garlic myself makes it even more special.

Enjoy the photos…

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