Of course...if you're still here and do want to know then get ready for.......
THE LOWDOWN ON THE GARLIC!!
Okay, so I grew four different sorts of garlic this year, really for no other reason than because I could. One lot was french garlic which was given to me by another plot holder and the other three were garlic bulbs that were available from the allotment shop so all at good prices.
|The french stuff.|
|Garlic, Red Duke|
|Garlic Bulbs, Solent Wight|
|Garlic bulbs, Valledo|
Having grown different varieties this year i have seen the difference in the harvests quite extensively. It wasn't the best of years for garlic as the winter was quite mild and you get (well so the books tell me) better splits the colder it is. I'm not sure you can tell by looking at the photos but there was quite a difference in the bulbs.
Valledo were by far the better bulbs, the splits were good and so there are plenty of cloves on each bulb but not only that each of these cloves are a good size so I think next year this will be the one that I stick with growing although i haven't taken the taste test yet....to be honest I sorted them all out up the allotment and quite stupidly chucked them all into my trug....
|Garlic in trug...rustic!!|
Sorry...got a little off topic there....oh yeas...flavour. I am aware that the flavours of garlic can be very different but I am hoping for the best here...if not I guess I will be back to the drawing board next year and growing several varieties again as I certainly don't want to lose out on flavour purely for quantity. I would much rather have a little of something good as opposed to a lot of something bleh. The only saving grace I have is that the valledo bulbs were so much bigger than the others it will be easy for me to single these out to try against the other varieties.
Has anyone else grown any of these varieties before?? A heads up on flavour would be good!!
Wow I found a lot to say about the garlic...but of course there were onions in the title too.....
No idea on the variety of this onion...I must have purchased them from the allotment shop along with the garlic so maybe I can find out or they will get some in again and so I won't have to go and source my own.
Well that's about all for now. Happy Gardening!