October 17, 2009 by Carolyn
I planted the following seeds, direct sowed into my raised beds. It was a little early in the season to plant them, and the heat has slowed down their production a bit. But now that it’s getting cooler, they are starting to take off!
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
- Catskill Brussels Sprouts
- Russian Red Kale
- Black Palm Cabbage
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Turkey Hill Shallots
- Parisian Carrots
- Collards and Turnips
- Princess Globe Onions
- Brune D’Hiver Lettuce
- Brunswick Cabbage
In early October, I planted a half pound of organic Inchelium Red garlic, using the planting techniques from http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com. Check it out! Then I decided to try and grow enough garlic to sell some locally. So I ordered a Southern Blend and over the next week, we will plant the following in a new raised bed, prepared using the No Dig Raised Bed.
Ajo Rojo – A Creole garlic, which is very rare. Creoles have a very rich garlic flavor, with a medium to hot pungency when eaten raw. This garlic harvests in early-mid summer and stores all the way through winter.
Susanville – An artichoke garlic, Susanville has a mellow garlic flavor with a medium warm pungency when eaten raw. It also harvests in early-mid summer and stores through winter.
Lorz Italian is another artichoke garlic, which should do well here in the deep South. It has a rich garlic flavor and very hot level of pungency when eaten raw. It harvests here in early summer and should store through the winter. Lorz is an heirloom Italian garlic.
Rounding out the artichoke garlics is Transylvanian. Of a medium pungency, it has a medium rich flavor. We will harvest it in early summer, and it should store through winter.
Russian Giant – We’ll see if this garlic lives up to its name! Russian Giant is a Turban garlic that has a very rich flavor, which is mild at first and then becomes hot. It is one of the earliest to harvest, and it should store through winter.
This should be a fun gardening experience, and hopefully, I will never run out of fresh organic garlic again. Did you know that most of the garlic sold in our grocery stores comes from China and is irradiated? Irradiation causes the loss of many of the health benefits that garlic is known for. The more I learn about our food supply, the more important my garden becomes to me. But that is another post!