Tom's putting the Music Garlic to bed for the winter and they'll sing their song when warmer weather returns.
47 cloves of Music Garlic from High Mowing Organic Seeds are now tucked in with a winter lullaby and we won't hear their high notes until warmer weather returns. We'll be getting some organic straw to cover the soil and then that's all we need to do for now.
We chose Music Garlic because it's a hardscape garlic – the neck that the cloves are clustered around is inflexible. It's different from the softscape garlic we're used to buying at the grocery store. Hardscape garlic is better in cold conditions like those in New England and the garlic bulbs keep for several months after harvesting. I won't be able to attempt to make any pretty garlic wreaths for gift-giving with this hardscape garlic, but since we'll be rolling in garlic next summer, our neighbors and friends will most likely be getting gifts of garlic nonetheless.
Tom and Kerry
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