Sunday, November 7, 2021

Duganski - Garlic

 Duganski Garlic

Garlic -hardneck - purple stripe - Duganski

 Origin and History

This variety comes from Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan, regardless of the exact country, it seems certain that this variety comes from central Asia, the area that is reported to be the first place garlic was cultivated. Our seed stock was acquired from Great Lakes family farm near the Grand Bend, Lake Huron,  Ontario. 

Description : Full sun, Mid-season, purple stripe type, long storing, Pungent and really tall garlic

Allium sativum ssp ophioscorodon ‘Duganski’

Light Requirement: Full Sun

Growing Zone: 3-7

Harvest: Mid Summer

Plant Spacing:  10-15 cm or 4-6"

Plant Depth: 5-8 cm or 2-3"

Plant Height: 45-60 cm or 18-24"

This is a beautiful garlic with an amazing flavour, and comes in large bulb sizes. The cloves of this garlic are violet-tinged and with a purple outer wrapper. The flavour of this garlic can be described as being fiery, but will mellow out with a pleasant aftertaste. 

Duganski is a hardneck garlic variety, produces large bulbs, strong pungent flavor, and with cloves that are purple. This variety is a robust cultivar, grows taller than most varieties, has wider leaves, larger scapes and matures mid-season.

Plant the garlic bulb before the ground freezes. Pick a well-drained, rich, organic garden bed to plant into. Plant the pointed end of the clove up, 5-8 cm (2-3″) deep and 10-15 cm (4-6″) apart. Lightly cover with soil and water thoroughly. Cover with a layer of mulch such as leaves or straw to provide insulation from fluctuating temperatures in winter and spring. Remove the mulch in early Spring or keep it for weed control. 

 When the garlic breaks through the soil the following Spring it is recommended to add an all purpose fertilizer.

In late Spring snip the scapes from the head of the garlic plant to channel the energy to the bulb formation. Scapes are a delicious early season garlic treat.

The Garlic is ready to harvest when the leaves of the plant are 3/4 yellow and start to die back. Lift the soil around the garlic bulb before trying to remove the garlic from the soil. Pull the garlic from the soil and place the garlic in non-direct sunlight with good airflow to allow the garlic to dry for 7-10 days.

 After the garlic has cured you can trim the small roots on the bottom of the garlic and remove one layer of skin. Store in a dark cool area.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Pumpkins, Straws and Leaves


 The pumpkin this year is a welcome suprise. Among the pile of clay fill - it grows well. Last year 2020, our 120 plants yeilded nothing, save for some winter squash. 

This year 2021, we made some progress and we got 20 pumpkins at least. 

We also accept pumpkin donations to feed the farm wildlife. As a city farm, we have deer, turkeys, foxes,  birds, and small animals that need sustenance.  

We also compost them after to enrich our soil. 

We accept yardbags of leaves, straw and pumpkins to help the composting system and give back to the land. 

We thank all community members who help us feed the land and farm sustainably. 

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