Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sold Out!

Now we can concentrate on planting garlic! (My husband and son are separating the bulbs into cloves right now, while watching football.)
Thank you to everyone who came to visit and buy garlic. It was a such a pleasure meeting so many fellow garlic lovers and gardeners. We look forward to seeing you next season. We'll be at market in April selling vegetable plants for your home garden. Then we'll have scapes in June and garlic bulbs in late July.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Will be selling garlic tomorrow (10/27) 8am til noon

We have the same garlic types as last week, but just 50 or so bulbs of each type. We'll be at market tomorrow at least until noon and then may pack up and go home. Brave the cold and come early! It will be in the 20's or colder first thing- so I may look like the Michelin man in my big black down jacket and 12 layers of clothes!
Denverites needing market info see

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Color Codes for garlic sold in October

Inchelium Red - RED This is the long-storing white softneck that is sweet and delicious.
Chesnok Red- PINK, Shantung Purple- PURPLE, Dukanskij- BROWN, Shatili- BLACK, Tzan- YELLOW
Rose du Lautrec - TURQUOISE. This one is the very longest storing and tastes fabulous. It is originally from a farmer's market in France and is one of the loveliest garlics ever with small cloves that are gorgeous pink. Although it is hard to peel (part of being long-storing) it is a great garlic to have at this time of year. Check out the previous post on Rose du Lautrec from 9/2/10.

Friday, October 12, 2012

We will be at market October 13th- will you? Our 2nd to last market

Tomorrow's forecast: mostly cloudy, cool and breezy.  We will be there selling garlic and there will be a fair selection for eating or planting. Dress warmly and enjoy a Fall market that may not be as crowded! I think we will probably sell out next week, the 20th.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Not at market this weekend- See you next Saturday

We will skip tomorrow's cold (and snowy?) market but will be back on Saturday, October 13th. Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Detailed Planting Instructions- Plant before Thanksgiving

Plant garlic in mid-October up to Thanksgiving (earlier for high elevations.) The idea is for the roots to start growing in the warm soil while not having the tops grow. However some years the tops do come up in November and the garlic does fine anyhow.

Choosing Garlic to plant- Start with locally grown garlic, adapted to our environment. Garlic from California or China or other parts of the world may not grow well here. It also may have been treated with an anti-sprouting agent. Our bulbs average 8 plantable cloves per bulb. 10 bulbs would plant 80 heads. After your first crop, keep the best garlic to replant in your garden.

Site Selection and preparation- Choose a site with full sun and good access to water. Garlic is not too finicky about soil, but it will grow larger with good amended soil. Use organic amendments and/ or cover crops to enrich the soil 3-4 weeks before planting garlic. For fertility and soil health we plant cover crops from organic seed. The last crop is tilled in a month before planting. Our plots are rotated yearly, with cover crops grown on them in between planting years.