Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Southern Garlic.

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I love it when garden paraphernalia comes in the mail. It's better than Christmas! The latest goodies to show up at my doorstop was this shipment of garlic from Gourmet Garlic Gardens. Because I garden in the warmth of the Deep South, I've been let down by garlic. It can be difficult to grow here since we don't have a "real" winter to put a freeze on it. So in my search for some garlic to grow in Florida I came across this company out of Texas, that not only sells garlic that grows in the south, but gives you direction on how to have the most success in our warm climate. If you're a southern gardener, you know that it can be hard to find supplies & directions for growing things here. It seems like the best seed companies are from up north and they tend to cater to people like themselves.....northerners! Which is fine.....because they still sell fine products that I can use, but............sometimes I need a company who caters to southern growers. So even though I haven't grown the garlic yet, I'm really pleased with my buying experience from GGG so far. Their web site is real informative (they're based out of Texas), my garlic was shipped very nicely, as you can see, and very timely as well. You can tell they have a passion for growing garlic, which helps me out in a poor garlic growing environment.


I just thought it might help some other gardeners who struggle with growing garlic to give this company a plug. Here's some other companies I buy from that I've had a lot of success with:


1. Johnny's Selected Seed.......the best overall seed company I've dealt with. Seeds are of very high quality. Based out of Maine.....(of course!)

2. Totally Tomatoes..........I love tomatoes, and I need a lot to keep my vegetarian wife happy. I love the variety that TT has, and I like how their web site has one big page with pics & descriptions of their tomatoes. Their seeds come neat, on time and as described. Some people might not like that they're owned by a big corporation......but I just like using them. Out of Wisconsin I believe.

3. Park Seed Co. ........... I like Park's because they're based out of the south, so they tend to have more things for southern gardeners. I like their planting blocks & bio-sponges as well. Out of S. Carolina.

4. Irish Eyes .............. For potatoes! I just ordered my potatoes a few weeks ago......they should arrive around mid-November. I've only ordered from them once before, but it's kind of hard to order potatoes for the south! As most of you know, seed companies only ship potato seeds at certain times of the year............ and the south's growing season starts in Dec/Jan, not April/May. Irish Eyes has been the easiest for me so far. From the state of Washington.


If you have any favorites that you use.....feel free to share!

38 comments:

  1. Dennis,
    Great post... great information. Thanks. You've got me convinced ...I will definitely order some of that garlic. Haven't even attempted garlic here but would love to give it a go. I use Baker seeds mostly because they have great heirloom seed selections. But I have also had great fortune with Pinetree Garden Seeds @ superseeds.com
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

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  2. Thanks Miss Meems.....I've visited Baker & Pinetree before, but never bought anything. I especially like the sprouts that Pinetree offer. My wife would like me to buy some I think.

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  3. I believe you were a northerner once, even learned french, don't get much more northerner then that, ha! :-)

    The tomato place looks good, I used tomatofest last year but that one looks as good or better. I like the ones mentioned by Meems as well but pinetree has unreasonably slow shipping at times. I've used Seed Savers Exchange for many years now. They are a little pricey so I usually just order their more unusual stuff.

    The velvet red did grow rather large fruit. They were double or more compared to a typical cherry. They are one of the tom's with blight so I maybe not get any more this year. The weather is supposed to be dry for a while so hopefully the blight settles down. I will be saving seed from them that's for sure.

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  4. Dan-

    Actually.....I still consider myself a northerner. I just GARDEN in the south! lol. Good memory on the french lesson story. lol

    What about Johnny's? Great seed company.

    I've read that the Northeast has had a bad time with blight.......I think they've had similar weather as you've had. I hate it for you. All that work and then....boom! I had a similar problem with all the rain we had at the begining of summer (15" in one week) and caused a bunch of my tomatoes to split.

    I haven't saved any tomato seeds yet....I've got to learn to do that.

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  5. I use johnny's too, they always have a nice selection, especially those Charentais melons. The weather has been pretty bad this summer, it is so weird to only have a few days in the high 80's all summer. It's like I am living in Vancouver or Seattle. Good thing there always is next year. I did a post on tomato seed saving, the link is on the post I did tonight.

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