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Elephant Garlic cloves for planting

(allium sativum)

These large, succulent garlic bulbs are perfect for baking, and for a wide variety of culinary uses. Now available for planting next year's crop.

Plant the large cloves this fall (October is ideal) and harvest next June.

YOU MAY WANT TO ORDER EARLY THIS YEAR, AS BAD WEATHER HAS CAUSED WIDESPREAD GARLIC CROP FAILURES.

Although elephant garlic is technically a leek rather than a true garlic, many garlic lovers prize it for the mellower, sweeter taste. It's also convenient for easy processing in your pesto or sauce projects, and for "industrial-sized" chunks in mashed potatoes, etc. Wonderful sauteed with our chanterelle mushrooms!

Elephant garlic has all the health-giving properties of the true garlics. We add organic sulfur to the garlic beds, to enhance the natural antibiotic benefits of our garlics. All our produce is grown naturally with no synthetic chemicals, ever.

Details:

Flowers:Flower stalks should be removed for bulb development
Foliage:Dark-green to blue-green folliage, yellows when the garlic is mature.
Fruit:Large, 6-10 cloved bulbs
Lifecycle:3    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:2'
Diameter:1'
Heirloom:yes
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

Soil:loose, well-drained soil, heavily amended with manure or other compost. Needs high nitrogen to size up well. Likes neutral to acidic soil but quite tolerant.
Propagation / Germination:Establishes in Fall, over-winters and then emerges in Spring for mid-Summer harvest.
Spacing:3
Sun:full
Water:water well in Spring until a week or two before harvest.
Pests and Diseases:very few; moles, chipmunks or onion thrips can pose an occasional problem

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