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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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GARLIC!
September through October is the very
best time of year to plant garlic!

September is nearly spent, the warm days are mostly behind us, and our warm weather crops are undoubtedly starting to show some signs that their end is near. For those of us lucky enough to be gardening in the Pacific Northwest this means there will soon be plenty of space available for some overwintering crops!

Why grow your own garlic? It’s a very easy crop. It grows from fall through late June when your garden is mostly empty anyway, and the varieties that you’ll find here at the nursery make the ones at the store seem bland by comparison.

Garlic is categorized in two ways. Each variety is assigned to a group which shares characteristics such as length of storage, number of cloves per head, and some flavor components. Garlic groups themselves belong to one of two categories: hardneck or softneck..

Softneck Garlic
  • Yields more per area planted
  • Has 10–40 cloves per head with one outer ring of medium cloves and one to several inner rings of smaller cloves
  • Stores very well for 9–12 months after harvest
  • Makes lovely braids because of their soft necks (stems)

Softneck Groups

The Silverskin Group is the longest storing of any garlic. Its members have a spicy, sulfurous flavor with a distinctive aftertaste, 12–24 cloves per head, and are harvested in mid to late July. 60–75 cloves per pound.

From the Silverskin group, we stock:

  • Italian Late organic – light colored wrappers, short wide cloves, easy to grow
  • Nootka Rose organic – NW Heirloom from the San Juans, mahogany wrappers cover unusually strong flavored (for a softneck) cloves.
  • Silver Rose organic – rose wrappers, the #1 longest storing garlic, 12-15 cloves per head

The Artichoke Group is the most commonly planted around the world. Garlic at the grocery store typically belongs to this group. Members are selected for high yield and mild flavor, although the amount of heat increases with storage. This group is named for the way successive rings of cloves overlap each other like petals on an artichoke. 8-20 cloves per head, 60-75 cloves per pound, harvest in mid-late June.

From the Artichoke Group, we stock:

From the Artichoke Group, we stock:

  • Early Italian Purple organic – big heads and purple striped wrappers make this one a good choice for braiding.
  • Inchelium Red organic – the best flavor of any softneck plus huge heads up to 3” across.
Hardneck Garlic
  • Has 3-12 big cloves per head, all in one ring around a hard central stem
  • Produces garlic scapes (flower stems and buds) which need to be removed, but are extremely delicious grilled or sautéed.
  • Contains all of the strongest and best flavored varieties
  • Yields less per area planted, but is still very easy to grow west of the Cascades

Hardneck Groups

The Rocambole Group contains the world’s best tasting garlics. Their low sulfur content and strong flavor especially make a difference when eaten raw. Rocamboles have loose wrappers which makes them easy to peel, but shortens their shelf life. 7-11 cloves per head, 45-58 cloves per pound, harvest in late June to mid July.

From the Rocambole Group, we stock:

  • German Red – strong, hot, and spicy flavor from cloves with brownish wrappers.
  • Spanish Roja – The best flavor hands down! Purple streaked wrappers are unusual for a Rocambole, stores only 3-6 months.

The Porcelain Group members have strong flavor which nearly rivals that of Rocamboles, plus, they have tighter fitting skin, increasing their storage potential to 6-9 months. Only 4-6 cloves per head, about 40 cloves per pound, harvest in late June to early July.

From the Porcelain Group, we stock:

  • Musik – Massive individual cloves, only 3-5 per large head. Strong, spicy taste lingers on the palate.
  • German Porcelain – Low heat compared to other hardnecks, surprisingly good storage. White or purple wrappers depending on the season. 4-5 cloves per head.
Elephant Garlic
  • Is more closely related to leeks than garlic
  • Yields the most if planted in the fall (more than any garlic)
  • Has mild flavor similar to garlic
  • Has 5-7 cloves per head, and 8-14 cloves per pound, which means that a large head can weigh almost a pound
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Classes & Events
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Event & Class Listings
There are new classes all month long. They fill up quickly. Please REGISTER TODAY! We have done our best to only list available classes. See our Events Page for all class and event details.

Iris Society Show and Sale.
5050 SE STARK • Fri.-Sun. • Sept. 20-21 • 9:00-4:00pm

Impact NW Summer Garden Party
Impact NW’s Annual Garden Party is a delightful fundraiser at the Portland Nursery on SE Division where guests enjoy all the best the Northwest has to offer. The Garden Party features delicious cuisine from Vibrant Table Catering & Events, a beautiful garden setting, live and silent auctions, local wines and craft beers.
Get your tickets here.
9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • September 20, 2014

Seed Saving
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • September 21 • 11:00-12:30pm
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Organic Lawn Care in the Fall
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • September 21 • 1:00pm
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Mushroom Cultivation Made Easy
9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • September 27 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Welcome Fall with a Seasonal Container
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • September 28 • 11:00-12:30pm
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Harvesting Fruit Trees
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • September 28 • 1:00pm
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