Did you know that garlic is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods and contains many medicinal properties that aid in combating colds, improving cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure? This close relative of the onion also tastes great and kicks up any soup or sauce recipe.
Garlic varieties are typically separated into two types, commonly referred to as softneck and hardneck. Softneck varieties grow best in climates with milder winters and work great for braiding and storage. They have relatively mild flavors and are the varieties you’ll typically find at grocery stores. Hardneck varieties adapt well to colder winter climates and produce a long flowering stem called a scape, which is popular for cooking. They typically have more complex flavors than softneck, varying from mild, to musky, to hot and spicy. Both types typically perform well here on the Front Range.
Fall is the best time to plant garlic for a big summer harvest, so make it a must-have addition to your fall planting list. We are expecting a huge selection of garlic varieties in early to mid-September including hardneck and softneck varieties, bulk and bagged, and mild to melt-your-face hot!
*Please note that the Covid pandemic has created a higher demand for home gardening supplies and some inventory may be limited throughout the season. We recommend shopping for your garlic early in the season. If you are looking for something specific, please call for availability.
Originally published on September 4th, 2018. Updated on August 31st, 2021.