Garlic Growing Plans 2015 March 13, 2015 14:14

Manitoba Garlic

Spring Looks Like It's Almost Here!

It's almost spring and we finally have time to sit down and take a good look at what has all happened this past fall and what's going to be happening this spring. We planted some new garlic varieties that we'll be growing to produce seed for this fall. We'll now be growing a total of 40 different garlic varieties, many of which will be available this fall 2015. We've been busy the past few years selecting the best varieties of garlic for growing here in Canada.

New Varieties We're Growing

Georgian Crystal (Procelain): Has a hot, full flavour. Bulbs average 4 cloves each and the plants are strong growers which is typical of Porcelain garlic.

Buba Franchuk's (Rocambole): Has its roots in Winnipeg, Manitoba so we're obviously big fans of this. It's a strong garlic, that is less sweet than average. Being a Rocambole, we've planted our Buba Franchuk's bulb on a higher and dryer piece of our farm.

Purple Softneck (Artichoke): This is a braidable garlic that is easy to grow. It has a great sized bulb with smaller sized cloves. Has some purple colouring in the bulb skins.

Best Seller

Music (Porcelain): Although we have many different garlics, our biggest seller is the variety Music (Porcelain). It is a popular variety that's grown across Canada, with great success. It's extremely hardy, has vigorous growth and produces very large bulbs. There are about 4 to 5 clove per bulb and it has a mild, delicious flavour. For these reasons, it's not surprising that it is one of the most grown garlic varieties in Canada.

Garlic Availability

We've planted more than ever this year, so hopefully we have enough garlic for everyone. Once summer arrives, we'll have a better idea of how many garlic of each variety we'll have available for fall. We'll be selling food garlic starting in July at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg and seed garlic starting in August through our online garlic store. If you are looking for garlic seed, please order early as we are usually sold out by September.