It’s a Garlic Planting Party – Win a Party Prize Package!

This is exciting. The folks at Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (PVF) have asked Gardenerd to participate in their Garlic Planting Party this week, and you reap the benefits. One lucky Gardenerd reader will win a Garlic Party Prize Package (details below) to enhance your garlic growing experience this fall.

But first, a little about the subject at hand. Here in Southern California, we typically grow softneck varieties, though I know someone who grows hardnecks because he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to grow them here. Seems to work for him.  Anywho… we plant in October, it grows through winter, and is harvested sometime in May through June.

Early California Garlic is great for storing and braiding.

Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow, with relatively few pests or diseases. We have rust fungus in our soil, so we rotate garlic to a new location each year to keep it at bay. PVF has a great instructional video on how to plant garlic, so check that out to get started.

In the south, California Early White is a popular variety to grow. It is a Silverskin variety, which tends to keep longer, and produces between 12-16 cloves per bulb. Long-storage softnecks are best for garlic braiding, so California Early is a good choice if you plan to braid your harvest.

Our year supply of garlic grown in 7 square feet (using Square Foot Gardening plant spacing).

When it comes to harvesting, we wait until only 5 or 6 leaves are still green, we stop watering and wait a few days for the soil to dry out before pulling the bulbs. We cure the harvest for several weeks on newspaper out of direct sunlight and then it’s ready for braiding.

Check out our Garlic Braiding Video learn how to store your harvest in style.

Now – on to the Garlic Party.

This is a chance to learn more about growing, harvesting and cooking with garlic and shallots from bloggers all over the country. Each blogger will be giving away a different variety. Here are my cohorts and their respective giveaways:

Susy Morris at Chiot’s Run                         (Garlic combo)
Gen Schmidt at North Coast Gardening  (Russian Red)
Jodi Torpey at Western Gardeners           (Purple Italian)
Theresa Loe at Living Homegrown           (German Red)
Chris McLaughlin at A Suburban Farmer (Purple Glazer)
Charlotte Germane & Cindy McNatt  at Dirt Du Jour  (Shallots)
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply  at PVF (Bogatyr)

If you want to win that variety of garlic or shallots, leave a comment on the respective blog. You have until midnight PT, Wednesday, October 17th to post. Winners will be chosen at random and here is what you’ll win:

Garlic Planting Party Prize

  • 1 pound of organic seed garlic (each blog will have a different variety)
  • 1 quart of our Liquid Kelp (for soaking the cloves overnight before planting)
  • 10 gallon Smart Pot (to plant some in a container)
  • Garlic Twist (clever kitchen gadget that minces the cloves when you twist it; easy to use and clean)
  • 1 5×7 photo print of the garlic variety

More about Garlic

Before we get to the contest question, here are some great Gardenerd blog posts about garlic that can help you this season:

Garlic Kale Soup

The Trick to Bigger Garlic

Harvesting Garlic

Storing Garlic: Sprout Not My Friend

Okay – now for the question: What’s your most successful garlic experience? This includes growing, cooking or eating it. Leave your comment below (be sure to include an email address) and we’ll announce the winner next week.

Happy garlic-ing!

Bonnie Wicker  is THE WINNER of the   Garlic Party Prize Package!

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190 Responses to It’s a Garlic Planting Party – Win a Party Prize Package!

  1. Christy says:

    Thank you everyone who posted a comment. I hope you feel inspired to grow garlic whether or not you win. And now…

    We have a winner, selected at random! And the winner is………

    Bonnie Wicker!

    Congratulations Bonnie, we’ll be contacting you shortly to send your prize.

  2. Emily says:

    I have only grown the supermarket garlic so this could end up being my best garlic experience!

  3. Beth says:

    Had really good luck growing Inchelium Red garlic this past year and used it in just about everything we cooked.

  4. Christie says:

    Growing garlic has been a great experience! We have a fairly harsh, dry, hot climate and some years it is the only thing that produces well.

  5. The Subversive Hippie says:

    Every time I eat garlic it’s a success. 😉 I’ve never grown garlic before, so I can’t talk about successes in that department. My favorite thing to to with garlic is slow roast it and spread the roasted garlic on toast and crackers with fresh tomato slices. I’d love to win this so I can add growing garlic organically to my repertoire.

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