Growing Garlic Articles

Caring for Garlic in Spring: 3 Things to Remember

Wheel hoe weeding between two rows of garlic

So it's springtime and your garlic has either survived the winter or was recently planted in spring - Now what? Most of us are excited to get out into our gardens or fields but are sometimes unsure as to what to start with. On our farm, there are three important things that we do every spring when caring for our garlic....


Planting Garlic In Spring 9 Comments

Planting garlic cloves in spring

Although garlic is ideally planted in the fall, it is still possible to grow and harvest beautiful bulbs if you miss planting before winter. The following tips are the most important things to consider when getting ready to plant garlic in spring......


The Best Garlic Varieties For Canada 5 Comments

Different garlic varieties

The most, cold-hardy garlic varieties in the world are in the Hardneck group, of which there are several subgroups or families. Of these families, the Porcelain, Purple Stripe, Marbled Purple Stripe and Rocambole garlics tend to perform the best under normal Canadian growing conditions....


Growing Garlic in Manitoba 1 Comment

Young garlic plants growing in open field

Growing garlic in Manitoba can be fun and easy with a bit of planning. Although the extreme growing conditions can sometimes make planting other vegetables a challenge, garlic thrives in the prairie region's cold climate.


When To Harvest Your Garlic Bulbs

Fresh harvested garlic bulbs

How do I know my garlic is ready to harvest? There is some debate among garlic growers as to the perfect time for harvesting, but there are four important guidelines to consider.....


The First Garlic Varieties to Emerge in Spring

Softneck garlic plants emerged in spring

Softneck garlic varieties tend to be some of the first garlic plants to emerge from the ground in spring. On our farm, this means the Italian Softneck variety is usually the first garlic greet us out in the field. has winter kill.....


What Is The Difference Between Hardneck & Softneck Garlic

Bulbil capsule at the tip of a garlic scape
Being able to tell the difference between hardneck and softneck garlic is actually quite easy. Hardneck garlics generally send up a flowering stock called the scape (similar to when an onion plant bolts). This scape starts at the base of the garlic bulb and goes up through the neck.....