What Type Should You Grow: Garlic
Updated: Jul 30
Oh garlic, sweet garlic. You can put it in anything, and it livens up the dish! It's a must grow vegetable. Home grown garlic flavor is something you can’t miss out on. Not only is it a must have, it is an easy growing crop as well.
Types of Garlic
Before diving in, let’s talk about the types of garlic: softneck versus hardneck garlic. The type of garlic you will grow will depend on your area.
Grocery Store vs. Garden Centre
It is advised to get garlic from your local garden centre than from your grocery store. Most often grocery store varieties are softneck varieties, because they are longer storing than hardneck, and are sprayed with chemicals in order to delay sprouting or to control pests.
Here are some reasons to avoid planting grocery store varieties yourself:
It’s been stored a long time already, most likely a year, making it more dried out.
Most are grown in China or California, where the climate is warmer than most, making it a softneck variety.
They also have issues with diseases, viruses and parasites. The garlic is then sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. It’s also sprayed with chemicals to help prevent it from sprouting after harvesting.
It may be the wrong variety for your climate, which will result in poorly grown or diseased garlic.
Now that you have found out what type of garlic you will be planting, learn how to grow it!