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Old 02-12-2008, 03:02 PM   #31
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I'm with ya. I don't grow my own garlic, though I probably should. I do anxiously await the arrival of garlic at the farmer's market so I can get the hardneck varieties instead of the crap at the grocery store. It makes a world of difference.

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THAT"S IT! I am growing some. What is the best hardneck variety?
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:56 PM   #32
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THAT"S IT! I am growing some. What is the best hardneck variety?
That's kind of like asking what's the best malt

There is Spanish Roja, German Red, and oh ton's of varieties. My suggestion would be to swing by http://www.filareefarm.com/ and take a browse over the varieties and look for the flavors you want and more importantly a good variety for your climate. Garlic is a great naturalizer, usually in a few seasons it is fully acclimated to your specific growing conditions.
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:00 PM   #33
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I'll have to take some pics of some of my remaining cloves. My heads were 2 1/2" on average with 5 to 6 (or so) large cloves. Oh that brings me to the other great thing about Hardneck. Not only is it (in not only my opinion but many) far superior in flavor to Softneck, but it doesn' t have the gazillion tiny little inner cloves. Some of my cloves are as fat as my thumb. And the thing is Softneck is a superior storage garlic, but my Hardneck is still in great shape stored in my basement. So that's already 6 months since harvest.
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