If you’re wondering what types of heirloom garlic to grow in your garden, here are 5 kinds I have successfully grown and highly recommend! Many thanks to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for sending me out this seed garlic to plant in my garden last fall! I can’t wait to plant more soon.
5 Types of Heirloom Garlic to Grow this Fall
Garlic is one of my favorite plants to grow in my garden. For some reason, I think plants that grow underground (like garlic and potatoes) are just so easy. I plant them once and then pretty much forget about them until it’s time to harvest. Here are 5 amazing types of heirloom garlic you should consider planting in your garden this fall. Make sure you brush up on growing garlic with this handy garlic growing guide – everything you need to know about growing garlic in your garden!
We really like German Red Garlic. It’s a hardneck variety and grows well in colder regions like Eastern Iowa. Pictured above is garlic from a good friend who lives in Upstate New York. German Red has a rich and spicy flavor and it’s easy to peel!
Chamisal Garlic is another beautiful, red hardneck variety found growing wild in New Mexico. It is supposed to set the standard for a true garlic flavor!
Russian Giant Garlic is a huge hardneck variety that stores well! I love growing food that stores well and that’s why I will grow Russian Giant again next year. It’s also quite pretty – with a silver red color and easy to clean bulbs. It has a mild flavor and is excellent for roasting. I used it in my Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing!!
I was surprised that I also really liked a couple of softneck garlic varieties as well. I wasn’t sure they would grow as well in Zone 5, but they did just fine too. Inchelium Red is one variety I recommend you try. It was originally grown by Native Americans in Washington and has a buttery flavor. Curious about the difference between hard and softneck garlic? Read this.
The other softneck garlic variety that I really liked is K’s Backyard Garlic. The bulbs are huge and the taste is rich and classic. Baker Creek says this variety of garlic was found in Sante Fe in 1998 and is their largest softneck garlic. It did quite well in my garden! This is a great type of heirloom garlic to grow this fall!
Bonus – Elephant Garlic!
Not really a garlic at all, but an amazing variety of leek to grow! This “garlic” has huge cloves and a very mild flavor. It also produces little seeds on the garlic bulb which you can collect and re-plant year after year. My father grew this variety for years from a single plant my grandmother gave him! I grew it for the first time last year and love it! Elephant garlic will be a staple in my own garlic garden for years to come.
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