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ALL ABOUT GARLIC

 

Our Morning Star Farm garlic has been carefully selected from over twenty varieties that we trialed over ten years. All our garlic is grown here in Taos on our Biodynamic farm. The garlic has superior flavor and the great keeping qualities that biodynamic techniques impart.


Garlic Harvest
Morning Star Farm, Taos, NM

 

Seed Garlic

 

 

Culinary Garlic

Our Morning Star Farm garlic has been carefully selected from over twenty varieties that we trialed over ten years. All our garlic is grown on our Biodynamic farm, without any chemicals.( or maybe something about biodynamics being healthy and producing superior flavor?) Garlic is very soil specific, so if after using good growing techniques you are not getting good yields and jumbo size bulbs, try another variety.

 

Varieties

Seed Garlic comes in two types:
— Soft-necks usually better for keeping and braiding
— Hard-necks with a hard central stem and larger cloves

 

How much seed do I need?

One lb of garlic seed plants approx a 25 foot row with 4 to 6 inch spacing between the plants (cloves). Plan on getting 10 lbs of garlic for every lb you plant.

 

When to plant?

Garlic is very winter hardy. Fall is the best time to plant. Wait until after the first few frosts in your area.

 

Planting and growing advice

Garlic is easy and fun to grow. Plant garlic in well drained, fertile soil. We like to amend the soil with compost or well aged manure. A 5 gallon bucket of manure is enough to amend a 25 foot row. We add the manure to the trench that we dig with a hoe for the garlic. Plant individual cloves with the pointy tip up, the blunt end is where the root nodes are, so they like to be in firm contact with the soil. Cover the cloves with 2 inches of soil. Then apply a thick layer of mulch. We like straw here at Morning Star Farm. After planting we heavily water the garlic, and in dry winters we water the garlic once a month. In the spring sometimes we need to pull the mulch back a bit to let the green growing shoots of the garlic emerge. If you chose a hardneck garlic, you will need to trim the scape that the garlic sends up. The scape is a seed stalk, trim it when the head starts to curl back down towards the earth. Save the scape and eat it. They are great in stir frys. Cutting off the scape allows the bulbs to grow larger and store better. . Do not plant garlic in the same bed year after year, waiting 3 years to plant in the same bed is a good way to prevent diseases.

 

Harvest

Harvest Garlic when the first leaves at the bottom turn brown and start to dry up. It is better to harvest too early than wait. The bulbs do not get any larger and the keeping quality of the garlic starts to decline. After harvesting garlic, gently rub or shake off excess dirt. The garlic needs good air circulation in a shady place to cure. You can spread it out on racks, or tie it up in bundles and hang it to dry somewhere out of the sun. Garlic is usually ready to harvest in July. Here at Morning Star Farm right around the 4th of July. We always roast some fresh garlic, it is such a treat, something you cannot buy anywhere!

 

ROASTED GARLIC RECIPE

1. Take any suitable pan, a glass pie plate, a small pyrex glass cake pan, like 8x8, a cast iron pot, or some clay vessel that can go in a hot oven all work just fine.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°.

3. Prepare 8 to 12 bulbs by cutting off the hairy roots, and trimming a 1/4inch or so off the growing tip with a sharp knife. Place all the bulbs with the root end down in the pan, they can be touching one another. Sprinkle with a bit of salt, drizzle with olive oil, a few TBSP’s up to 1/8 a cup, you do not have to be exact.

4. Cover the pan with foil or some type of lid and put the garlic in the hot oven. Check it in 45 minutes. It should be very soft and easy to squeeze out of the paper skins. Let cool enough to handle.

5. Serve with your favorite bread, or crackers, some olive oil or butter. Roasted garlic can be used in lots of other recipes, for salad dressings, sauces and as a side for meats.

 

 


POLISH JEN

Thank you for the wonderful garlic. The harvest was great! My wife asked me if the garlic plants were corn, they grew so big.

— Gerben Houtman


 

 

Storage (BOTH TYPES)

Morning Star Garlic keeps exceptionally well, 4 to 6 months in ideal conditions. A cool dark place is best. Garlic can even tolerate down to 32 degrees. A paper bag, basket or box is best, NO PLASTIC bags, and not ever in the fridge! Under a bed in an unheated room, a closet in a cooler area of your home are good choices.