Bulbs - Garlic, Irkutsk OG
This item is currently on back order....
1 large bulb per pack - Sold out on-line and for in-store
Note: Pre-ordered garlic is available for pick-up in late September, once you have been contacted to confirm your order is ready. We will have a limited supply of seed garlic available for general sale in store, once pre-orders are filled. In zone 3, garlic should not be planted until weather has cooled-off, starting in early October.
Description: Irkutsk is an heirloom marbled purple striped type, hardneck garlic. Irkutsk has a particularly potent flavour so a little goes a long way! Ideal for vinegars as well as pickles and for fresh use.
- Harvest early August
- Stores 5 - 6 months
- 5 - 8 cloves per bulb
Latin Name: Allium sativum
Alternative Names: Hardneck Garlic
Main Uses: Culinary
Zone Hardiness: Zone 2
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 50 cm (20")
Planting: For best results, plant garlic once weather has cooled off with regular light frosts (early through late October on the prairies). Plant each clove 10 cm (4") deep, with pointy side facing up. Garlic can be planted in rows approximately 20 cm (8") apart, with 10 cm (4") between plants.
Add a tablespoon of bonemeal in each planting hole, to promote strong root development. Cover the bulbs, and water. Cover garlic with approximately 15 cm (6") of loose leaf mulch for winter protection, to keep soil moisture even, and reduce weeds. Avoid mulching with straw, as this can promote disease in garlic.
Soil Type: Garlic thrives in well drained soil. Amend clay soils with leaf litter, compost, coco-earth or other organic materials that improve structure ahead of planting. Avoid planting garlic in low or wet spots in the garden.
Watering: Garlic does like to be watered if soil conditions are dry, but over watering effects bulb quality. Strive for even soil moisture without any sogginess. Watering is stopped approximately 2 - 3 weeks before harvest, to ensure bulbs have good flavour and cure well.
Harvesting & Storing:
Garlic scapes (the flower-like shoots that grow up from the base) can be harvested in mid to late July, and are very delicious! These can be used fresh, and are also wonderful for pickling.
Garlic bulbs are typically ready for harvest in early to mid-August, and a good rule of thumb is to wait until the leaves have started to turn from green to dried-out tan. There is some art to identifying when to dig "perfectly" mature heads, but essentially the bulbs should be full and have most of their skins still on them. Bulbs need to be dug carefully so as to avoid nicking or bruising the bulbs (damage to the bulbs reduces storage time considerably). Roots can be trimmed by 1/3 and any soil GENTLY brushed off the bulbs.
Once out of the ground the garlic is cured for a couple of weeks. This simply involves letting the garlic air dry in a well ventilated location out of direct sunlight. The garlic can be hung up to cure, or laid out on screens. After two weeks the stalks can be trimmed down and your garlic is ready to go!