Updated January 16, 2017
2017 GARLIC, LEEK, and ONION
Our Policy on Garlic: Our policy on garlic is that we will ship the bulblets as we have them and some will be sent in the Spring until our previous Fall's harvest is exhausted. Then we will ship the rest of the orders in the Fall after the new crop is harvested. We have had excellent results with the bulblets sprouting after being stored all Winter. If you want to get a jump, you can start the bulblets inside like tomatoes and set out as transplants.
NOTE: We will be shipping only bulblets. Please order these on the seed order form this year. Please remember with bulblets that not every bulblet will grow. We try to send plenty of extras. Packets of topsets will vary from 50 to 200 bulblets.
Please check the website in August for the possible addition of 5 to 6 more varieties and the availability of the ones listed below.
Marie's Special: This very special garlic came to us from our neighbor who first provided us with the start several years ago. The garlic is the topsetting kind that produces numerous small bulblets at the tops of the stalks in August which in turn can be planted for more plants the following season. The bulbs on this type are small but very flavorful. I have had great success by planting the bulblets in the Fall and transplanting the young plants in the Spring. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed
Moano Special: A topsetting garlic producing medium sized, very strong flavored bulbs. Pkt. $3.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed
Old Homestead: An heirloom topsetting garlic sent to us by Tom Greenwood of Oklahoma. Produces much larger bulbs than does Marie's Special Garlic, but does very well when planted from the topsetting bulblets. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)
Pskem River: Originally from Uzbekistan, 2 to 4 fat cloves per bulb, strong flavor. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed
Samarkand: Purplish streaked clove, rather strong flavored. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed
Siciliano: Artichoke type, 10 to 12 creamy white cloves in each extra large bulb. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed
Stewarts: An heirloom sent to us from Colorado. Used for greens and seasoning. Dual purpose, great cloves and tops. Very productive here. This is by far our hardiest and most productive garlic. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed
Leeks culture: Culture is same as for onions. (Approximately 500 seeds/pkt.)
Carentan: 100 days. Also known as Swiss Giant. Dates back to at least 1885. Medium dark green leaves, tender white stems. Pkt. $2.25
Ester Cook: 120 days. Very tall, thin, white leek. Excellent quality. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)
Giant Musselburg: 120 days. Scottish variety dating to 1834. Thick stalk, self-blanching. Pkt. $2.25
2017 ONION (Seed)
Onion culture: Best suited to being planted direct seeded as soon as possible in the Spring. Keep weed-free. Thin and transplant later as needed. Or, you can start indoors 4 to 6 weeks prior to setting them out. Make sure you provide them with adequate and moderate temperatures so that they develop slowly and do not become leggy before being transplanting.
Ailsa Craig: 110 days. A very large, sweet onion best used soon after harvest. Approximately 500 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.00
Australian Brown: 100 days. First introduced in 1897. Large, flavorful roots, good keeper. Pkt. $2.50
Borettana Cipollini: 100 days. An old Italian heirloom producing flat, yellow skinned onions. Unique shape, thick layers, good textured flesh. Approximately 500 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.00
Red Burgundy: 100 days. A very good substitute for Red Wethersfield. Flattened, purple red skin, sometimes strong but a good keeper. Approximately 500 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.00
Red Wethersfield: 100 days. First offered in 1834, the long time standard for red onions. Weathersfield, Connecticut was famous for the crop at one point in history. Large, deep red slicing onion. It is also a good keeping onion. Approximately 250 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.50
Rosa Lunga di Tropea: 110 days. (aka Red Torpedo) Italian heirloom. Long, red, torpedo shaped onions. Not a long keeping onion, but sweet and tasty. Approximately 500 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.00
Walla Walla: 100 days+/-. Does best if Fall planted where possible and produces a very sweet onion in early Summer. When Spring planted, size is not as big, but quality is still very sweet. Approximately 500 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.00
White Portugal: 105 days. Best when used as a green onion for bunching but will develop some, nice, small sized round onions suitable for boiling or pickling. Approximately 500 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.25
Yellow Sweet Spanish: 115 days. Large, yellow globe, average keeper onions will store well until January or February. Approximately 1,000 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.25
2017 ONION (Perennial)
Egyptian Winter: A very nice treat in the early Spring when they are frequently the first things edible from the garden. This is a topsetting type, where you harvest the topsets in late August, separate them, and then plant them. The roots grow slowly all Winter and you eat the tender shoots as mild green onions first thing in the Spring. The topsets will be shipped in late August. Orders will be filled in August, 2017. (Approximately 15 sets/pkt.) Pkt. $5.00
Catawissa Walking Onion: A rare heirloom sent to us that is a taller, more vigorous plant than the traditional type. The topsets will be shipped in late August, 2017. (Approximately 15 sets/pkt.) Pkt. $5.00