About Our Garlic
In the past, most of our garlic was sold as seed for other growers, but it is also great for use in your favorite recipes. Our garlic is unique in the way it is organically grown on our farm and our special cultivar, Carmen’s Redneck Wild, is unique in its own right. Here is more information about garlic, in general, and the cultivars we offer.
What is Seed Garlic
Can you eat it? We are asked this question many times every year. The answer is yes YES YES! The confusion comes with the word “seed” and is understandable. Seeds are what we put in the ground to get the desired plant, such as flower seeds for flowers or carrot seeds for carrots. You wouldn’t eat those seeds, you would plant them, so now you see the confusion!
To be identified as seed garlic, the garlic bulb must be at least two inches in diameter. The basic rule of thumb is that large cloves produce larger bulbs. Although, growing conditions also play a part in bulb size and formation. In the case of garlic seed, size matters!
Whether you plant it in your garden or use it in your kitchen, we know you will love our garlic.
Carmen’s Redneck Wild was offered for the first time in 2010. This garlic grows wild in a privately owned wetland in Klamath County, Oregon. When or how this garlic was introduced to the wetland is a mystery, although the wetland itself has been identified in a photo dated 1906. In a effort to protect the wild garlic beds and reduce risk of transferring disease to our farm, we collect the bulbils, or aerial clones, from the flower stalk of the wetland garlic.
In the fall, these bulbils are planted in nursery beds. The first growing season produces garlic rounds, which are about ½” or larger in diameter – about the size of a garlic clove. The rounds are cured and re-planted that fall producing full garlic bulbs. This two-year process from bulbil to round to mature bulb takes extra time and work, but is necessary to ensure that the wetland garlic bed is not disturbed and also to keep Carmen’s Redneck Wild as close to the mother plant as possible. Redneck Wild is a hardneck recombole garlic containing about 13 large cloves boasting a hot finish and full flavor taste. We are proud to offer this unique garlic to you.
- Place a single clove root side down in prepared loose, moist soil, about 2″ deep and 3″ apart.
- Plant in the fall, October through the end of December in most areas.
- Mulching is advised in colder areas for frost protection and in warmer areas for soil moisture.
Harvest your garlic when the bottom three leaves die back, mid-June through July. Hang garlic plants to dry in a well ventilated area and cure for four weeks in most areas.