Does anyone have any experience growing garlic in a hoophouse? If so, which varieties are the best to use?
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.
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.
Don't some varieties of garlic prefer full winter conditions?
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
elephant garlic from Niagara Falls.
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.
In early Jan., I installed a low tunnel on a garlic bed that's my earliest variety- siskiyou purple. We'll see what happens. :)