Re: Garlic has done well this year...
Originally Posted by Mups
Meg, is there much difference between growing the hard neck or soft?
I think the hardneck is supposed to keep longer isn't it?
You've sure got a nice lot there. How do you store it to stop it going soft?
this lot is Solent Wight and soft neck. Not the biggest but a lovely flavour .
For keeping I lift/leave some root and stem on/hang loosely on the washing line when it is a dry day/ plait when the leaves turn from green to brown and hang the plaits in my well ventilated garage .I can then snip a head at a time with the scissors as required.
I have usually eaten it all by February so don't need it to keep any longer.
I order now for October delivery and planting , I buy two heads normally 22 cloves but one head was rotton on arrival last year so they sent 2 more heads not one so I had about 35 heads this year .
I have tried hard neck and liked having the 'scapes' but I used the tops of soft neck from spring onwards anyway with no ill effects to the plants.
I found no difference in keeping ability.