"Stop and smell the garlic! That's all you have to do." - William Shatner
It's almost time to plant garlic! Well, sort of, however, it is time to order your garlic. I have learned that most orders are filled on a first come first serve basis. The larger bulbs are shipped out first, fallowed by the smaller ones. Larger cloves produce larger bulbs, hence, the smaller the clove the smaller the bulb in the spring. Shipping begins in early September and runs through fall, or when out of stock. You will get about 50-60 cloves from a pound of softnecks, and 40-50 cloves from a pound of hardnecks. (Expect some smaller cloves on the softnecks).
Garlic should be planted about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes and soil temperature is about 60 degrees. This allows the garlic adequate time to establish roots before winters icy grip and prevent the garlic from "pushing up". Since I have raised beds, I have been able to plant garlic into late October with good results in the spring.
There are many different types of garlic. They range from mild to pungent, sweet to bold, and somewhere in between.
"A nickel gets you on the subway, but garlic gets you a seat." Old Yiddish saying