Culinary vs. Seed Grade
Culinary garlic is the same great garlic, just in a slightly smaller package that doesn't meet our seed standards. Culinary bulbs are under 2 inches in diameter, while seed grade bulbs are over 2 inches. The larger the clove you plant, the larger the bulb you'll get! That is why we differentiate between culinary and seed grades.
Growing & Harvesting
- Plant Garlic in the fall, 3-6 weeks before the ground freezes. For western Montana mid October is a good time. This will enable the cloves to establish some roots while minimizing top growth before winter.
- Select a garden area with full sun.
- Since garlic is a heavy feeder, fertilize your soil with a good all-purpose fertilizer or compost.
- Separate the cloves from each bulb, however you don't need to peel each clove.
- Plant garlic into prepared soil with the tip of the clove up and the wide side down, about 2-3 inches deep about 6-9 inches apart.
- Cover the tip of the clove with approximately 1” of soil.
- Put 3-6” of mulch over your garlic and wait until spring! Good mulch options are straw, leaves, grass clippings or a combination of all three.
- In the spring, provide nitrogen, water as needed, and keep a weed free garden bed.
- Hardneck varieties will produce a flower stalk called a scape. Remove the scape when it has formed one curl (typically late June), to redirect growth to the bulb. Scapes are edible! Our favorite uses are for pesto, or as a substitute for asparagus or green beans.
- Harvest when the bottom third of the leaves are dry and the bulbs have developed shoulders.
- Cure out of the sun in an area with good air circulation for 3-6 weeks.
- Trim the roots, tie into bouquets or braids. If you are short on storage space, you can also trim the necks to 1/2 inch above the bulb.
- Store your garlic in a cool, dry place.
- Eat and enjoy!
If you have any questions, reach out to us! We're here to help you discover the perfect garlic for your kitchen and garden.