Garlic varities in a low tunnel

seedeater(5)November 30, 2013

Does anyone have any experience growing garlic in a hoophouse? If so, which varieties are the best to use?

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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

To my understanding, garlic can take the cold, freeze, snow and what not. So I don't see a need for growing it under hoop. Unless, maybe, the purpose is to accelerate its bulbing and maturity.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 10:33PM
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planatus(6)

Yes, the best use of a protected winter growing space in your climate would be growing less-hardy turbans or other early-maturing strains, or growing garlic-scallions ("gallions") to eat during the winter months. Great use for stored garlic that wants to sprout.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 6:51AM
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gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

Don't some varieties of garlic prefer full winter conditions?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 8:46PM
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zqnmegan

Creoles, artichokes and silverskins all do well in a warmer climate so ought to be good in your tunnel house.

Here is a link that might be useful: garlic varieties

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 2:14AM
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4430

elephant garlic from Niagara Falls.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 7:07AM
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seedeater(5)

Thanks guys for your input. My purpose of the low tunnel is to accelerate bulbing and maturity to capture the early market. I attended a high/low tunnel meeting and they said this would accelerate maturity by 3 or 4 weeks. I suspect that results would vary with the different varieties that are available.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 1:45PM
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seedeater(5)

In early Jan., I installed a low tunnel on a garlic bed that's my earliest variety- siskiyou purple. We'll see what happens. :)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 2:21PM
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