Let’s grow some garlic!

It’s been a whirlwind few months but here’s the net result: the Shafer family has finally made the move to Tennessee!

That means we’ll finally be getting our hands dirty, as up until this point my dad and step-mom handled planting, harvesting, and storing our first year crop of gourmet garlic — not to mention planting 99% of our second year crop.

Yep, that's me doing a lot of standing around and watching while my dad does all the hard work.

Yep, that’s me doing a lot of standing around and watching while my dad does all the hard work.

We did make it to Tennessee in time for the planting of the last little bit of Italian Late garlic. Just a rough guesstimation, but we probably planted about 1,500-2,000 total cloves this fall of about 15 different varieties.

Here’s the full list of all the garlic types we have in the ground now:

Red Janice
Pyong Vang
Creole Red
Ajo Rojo
Kettle River Giant
Italian Late
Inchelium Red
Spanish Roja
Amish Rocambole
Music
Romanian Red
Majestic
Ukranian Red
Georgian Crystal
Persian Star

The Pyong Vang, Creole Red, Ajo Rojo, and Kettle River Giant are all new additions, with the others holdovers from our first crop.

In the long run I think we’ll be better off focusing on Creoles and a few of the Porcelains but for now we’re going to let them all do their thing and see how they do.

 

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