[Market-farming] Green Garlic

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Sat Apr 28 21:17:50 EDT 2007


<p>&gt;For a bunch of 6 or 7 smallish stalks, we get $1.50 at farmers markets &gt; &gt;and $.75 from grocery stores. Not organic. It is laborious to clean up &gt; &gt;and it doesn't sell well dirty. &gt; &gt; So, essentially you sell a sprouted head of garlic for $1.50. That &gt; seems SO VERY CHEAP, especially if you are buying seed garlic. &gt; </p><p /><p>Perhaps you could take the small bulbils that form at the end of the scape, plant them in the Fall close together, harvest them as green garlic stalks in the spring. You could pack them in tight in the row so they wouldn't take much space. Each scape produces quite a few bulbils so you gain extra value from each garlic plant you grow. You can leave the regular garlic plants to develop normally.</p><p /><p>Bill</p>
William H. Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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