After deciding not to tie up my beds for months to grow Garlic, circumstances have conspired to encourage me to plant for this season.
After the almost-failure of the crop last year, I bought some kilos of Biodynamic Garlic from Patrice Newell in the Hunter Valley. This is divine Garlic, the best commercial bulbs I have ever eaten. However ... coming from a cold place to a warm place, it decided it would like to sprout. Meaning the Garlic arrived in January 2011 and is sprouting in May 2011, not really a practical solution to year-long Garlic eating. Certainly it is still very much edible and will be for a while yet (how long remains to be seen). It's pointless growing that variety here, it's cold-adapted for a long growing season (they plant in May and harvest around November). All the more reason to buy local!
Earlier in the year, I had bought a kilo of organic Garlic from the organic shop at Forest Glen (they used to have a stall at the Deception Bay markets and we really enjoyed getting fresh organic local produce). This Garlic came from around the Sunshine Coast and is quite different to any I have seen. The papery coverings (there must be a proper name for these things!) are a light-tan-slightly-golden with no hint of the purple I expect to see on Garlic. The bulbs are quite big and there's the occasional one which is dried out and brown but the rest are very tasty.
So since some of my winter veges didn't grow as planned, I planted 44 cloves of this Garlic out over 3 beds which are in the sun (my major issue last year was not enough sun).
I'll update the blog when there's more news.
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