August 22, 2014

We have updated the inventory for our garlic stock. Please check the pages for each Horticultural family for variety inventory.  We will be happy to take your orders by email or phone.  We will get back with you as soon as possible.  

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Good News! We once again have a test back for Garlic Bloat Nematode that is Negative.

Dear Doug:


This is to let you know that we received the garlic sample that you send to our Bloat Nematode Diagnostic Laboratory and it was examined and processed for the possible extraction of the Garlic Bloat Nematode (GBN).  


The good news is that we failed to recover the GBN from the tissues processed from this garlic sample.  The bulbs included looked normal.


I hope the above is helpful and thanks for your submission to our laboratory. Best wishes,


George S. Abawi

Dept. of Plant Pathology and PMB

Cornell University, NYSAES

113 Barton Laboratory

630 W. North St.

Geneva, NY 14456

315-787-2374 (office)

January 25, 2014

Garlic Update Late January 2014-

We are having a very cold winter here in South East Iowa.  The garlic has been protected in a layer of wheat straw mulch so we are hoping for a good crop this spring.

We did experience some very good root growth about 3 weeks after planting. See photo of garlic roots 3 weeks after planting.

Have a great winter, keeping checking back with us for garlic updates!

Doug and Tanya
Garlic roots after 3 weeks of planting

September 5, 2009

Garlic Planting Tips

Here are some intstructions and tips on planting garlic.

- Make sure the cloves are hard and solid. Plant the individual cloves usally in October. ( Or before the ground freezes depending on your climate.)

- Garlic likes sun and water.

- Raised beds of at least 4 inches will keep the bulbs from standing in water should there be excessive rainfall.

- The cloves should be planted with the flat part down, 3 inches deep in well drained soil, with high organic matter.

- Cloves should be spaced 5 inches apart in rows at least 10'' a part

- After the ground freezes mulch the garlic with at least 5'' of straw.

- One inch of water a week up to the month before havest. ( Or with hard necks until the scape is harvested.)

- Harvest the scape 10-14 days after it first appears and use it to cook with.

- Harvest the bulb when 35% of the leaves have died back.
- Hang and let dry for 3-4 weeks and you are done.
Note: garlic likes water up till the scape is removed, but after that the less rainfall the better. To much water right before harvest can rot the bulb wrapper.