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A quick garlic primer - garlic is best planted in the fall from late September to mid-October in Colorado so it goes through our winters nicely tucked in ready to start putting on growth as soon as soils warm up in the spring. It doesn't care if it is rained on, snowed on or hailed on which happened seven times already this spring. There are two types, softneck and hardneck. The difference is garlic taste, size of bulbs, shelf life and those lovely scapes. Grow some of each type, there are varieties within each type. Check out Ted Jordan Meredith's book - everything you'll EVER need to know to grow garlic. The Complete Book of Garlic. It is so thoroughly written with beautiful photography that it doubles as a coffee table book.
Hardneck scapes are cut off a few weeks before harvest so more energy is put into the bulb getting larger. These green number two pencil thick shoots are gourmet garlic gold!!! You can pay $5.99 or more a pound for them at Whole Pay Check or grow and harvest your own. Grill, roast, simmer, flavor, pesto, or grate over cereal, just do it. They have a strong garlic taste, but no garlic heat or indigestion issues as some experience with garlic cloves. In two words, they're divine. They will store for close to a month in the produce drawer of your refrigerator. Need more information, come take my class at Denver Botanic Gardens this September - Growing Great Garlic
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