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Garlic Varieties

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There are two main types of garlic; Hardneck and Softneck see below for the characteristics for both.

Hardneck garlic is a group of cultivars selected from Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon originating from climates with colder winters. It has the following characteristics:

  • Flower stalks appear readily
  • Fewer, larger cloves covered with a looser tunic are produced
  • It is considered to have stronger and more interesting flavour
  • It is best gathered when the foliage has changed colour
  • It stores only until mid-winter

Softneck garlic (Allium sativum) generally produces smaller, more tightly-packet cloves;

  • Does not produce flower stalks unless stressed
  • It is best harvested when the foliage starts going over
  • It has better storage qualities than hardneck varieties
  • If autumn planted it will keep until mid- to late-winter
  • If planted in early spring softneck varieties it can be stored until mid-spring

Recommended Garlic to try

    • Early Purple Wight Garlic

      A robust early purple garlic that produces large bulbs as early as mid May in South of England, early June in the North. Use and enjoy this garlic within three months of harvest.
       
      Plant October to January, although early planting is best.
    • Elephant Garlic

      A fresh, juicy, mild sweet flavour. Ideal for baking and roasting.
       
      Each bulb is approx. 12.5-15cm (5-6") across.
       
      Not a true member of the garlic family, closer to leek, which it bears a close resemblance in flavour.
    • Lautrec Wight Garlic

      Produces beautiful flowering twists on stems. A delicacy pickled or stir-fried.
       
      Attractive white-skinned garlic with deep purple cloves and a creamy smooth flavour.
    • Picardy Wight Garlic

      A strong flavoured garlic that has a distinct pink hue in appearance.
       
      Approx. 15 cloves per 2 bulb pack. Plant in the spring.
    • Provence Wight Garlic

      Large white soft neck garlic that can produce bulbs that approach elephant garlic size. Sweet and substantial and will keep up to January. Large fat cloves that suit vegetable and fish dishes of the Mediterranean. Like many Mediterranean types, responds to heavy watering in the 3 months before harvest. Spring planting is possible although will produce smaller bulbs.
    • Red Donetsk Garlic

      Red Donetsk Garlic is a hardneck variety which has a beautiful purple striped appearance which comes from south eastern Ukraine. It is a vigorous type of plant which produces very large cloves. Once harvested, this garlic will keep until at least January. This is our strongest tasting garlic available.
    • Red Duke Garlic

      Red Duke Garlic is a hardneck variety with bright white skins with fierce and spicy flavours, which are the signatures of this exotic garlic from Czech Republic; with plump purple cloves. This variety of garlic is noted for being one of the very hot and strong varieties commonly planted in the UK.
    • Solent Wight Garlic

      An improved selection of Solent Wight, producing larger quality bulbs than many will have thought it not possible to grow. Long keeping to March and beyond next year. An aroma and bouquet without compare - giving excellent length and strength.
    • Tuscany Wight Garlic

      This Large white garlic is a late type. Widely grown in Tuscany where is suits warm summers and cooler winters compared with Southern Italy. Widely used in Umbrian dishes and with chicken.
    • Vallelado Garlic

      Originating from the north of Spain, this is a white garlic to be planted in the autumn or early spring. Unlike other Mediterranean white softnecks from Provence or southern Spain, it has excellent keeping qualities and is likely to do far better in our cooler climate. It should be ready to harvest end of June. 8-10 cloves per bulb.

 

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Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in October

Jobs to do in October

October is the month when it feels like the season is about to turn, the days start to shorten and the sun appears lower in the sky, the leaves change colour and fall to the ground and temperatures drop.  The first frost are likely too, which will be the end of many of your crops out in the open so if you still haven’t harvested frost sensitive crops now is the time before Jack Frost gets them!

 

Jobs to do in June

Jobs to do in June

Summer should be here!

Usually the risk of frost has passed by now, and with longer days there comes more sunshine and time to be in your allotment. If the weather is dry, then water your seed drills well before sowing any seeds – this way the young plants will develop a good root system.

 

The Growing Season

The growing season

The Growing Season varies in different parts of the United Kingdom, but in Hatfield Peverel we are blessed with a milder climate and enjoy a longer season than many parts of the country.

In this section of the web site I have tried to separate the season out into monthly sections to help and guide you through the most popular tasks and crops regularly grown on the allotment site, but if you would like a feature made of a particular vegetable or task, please get in touch and I will do my best to add it to the web site for you.

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