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Garlic, Italian Late 1/2 lbs
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Light colored wrappers cover the fat, round cloves of this flavorful garlic that is good for braiding. The extra-tight skin makes this variety especially good for long storage. It is smaller and later to mature than Early Italian Purple, but it keeps longer, so plant both to have the longest supply of your own home grown garlic. Ships mid-January – April for spring; September-October for fall. Spring shipments based on grow Zone. May be delayed by weather conditions. Ships to Contiguous USA only

231-06985 Live, Garlic, Italian Late 1/2 lbs
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231-06985-F Live, Garlic, Italian Late 1/2 lbs (Fall)
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231-06986-F Live, Garlic, Italian Late - 1 lbs (Fall)
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  • Special Instructions:
    80-90 cloves per pound. Ships mid-January – April for spring; September-October for fall. Spring shipments based on grow Zone. May be delayed by weather conditions. Garlic ships to Contiguous USA only.
Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Plant in fall after the first frost, 4- 6 weeks before your ground freezes. Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil 8” deep and adding a good all purpose organic fertilizer along with gypsum for better yields. Break the bulbs into individual cloves. Cloves can be pushed into well worked ground with your fingers making sure that the bottom of the clove is positioned down. Plant to a depth of 2-3 inches. During the next month roots will begin to grow and some top growth may emerge. Apply 5-6 inches of weed free straw or hay over the rows to prevent frost heaving and control weeds. Side dress with additional fertilizer in the spring. Remove the ‘scapes’ of hardneck varieties in early summer to encourage more bulb growth. Water during active growth keeping the soil under the bulb moist, cutting off water in late June to facilitate the drying process.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Garlic will grow in nearly any loamy well drained soil and full sun. Ideal pH is in the 6.5 – 7.0 range. Softneck varieties are more widely adapted and heat tolerant, are good for braiding, and store up to 10 months. Hardneck varieties are generally more winter hardy if planted early to allow for good root growth before the soil freezes. Hardnecks produce an edible ‘scape’ or flower stalk, have large, easy-to-peel cloves, more complex flavor, and store about 6 months.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Keep well weeded. Garlic is relatively free of diseases and pests. Rotate planting area, returning to the same spot only every four years. Brown tips on the leaves is common later in the summer but is generally harmless to the plant.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Harvest when leaves are 40% or more drying and beginning to fall over, usually in late June or July. Carefully dig plants and gently brush off soil, but do not disturb the skins. Arrange plants on drying racks or screens in a single layer, or bundle several plants together and hang in a shaded, well ventilated area to dry. Softneck varieties can be braided before the tops are fully dry and brittle. Cure like this for 3-6 weeks. Once the bulbs are dry, remove the tops, leaving 1 inch of stem above the top of the bulb. Trim the roots and clean off any remaining soil. Store in a cool, dark, dry area around 50˚F and 65% relative humidity.
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