Some might have called me crazy after I planted 60 cloves of garlic last Sunday. (More on that later.) I say 60 heads of garlic is perfectly reasonable considering I tore through our stash of 19 homegrown heads in six months.
What might really be crazy, though, is going back for more. I was thinking about my garden space and realizing that some of it was going to be unused during the winter (a travesty in my book), so I thought about more garlic. Chert Hollow had garlic left over from planting, so I got in touch and ordered 9 more heads.
I ordered 3 each of Siberian, Inchelium Red and Lorz Italian. I bought the Siberian because of the high reviews it got at Chert Hollow’s garlic testing party. The Inchelium Red and Lorz Italian I ordered mainly because they are members of Slow Food’s Ark of Taste:
The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates. …only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.
I’m going to use one bulb of the Siberian for cooking, and then plant the rest. That means once I have all these babies planted, I’ll have over 100 heads in the soil.
Who wants garlic next summer?