Storage suggestions, planting tips and trivia

Tips on Storing Garlic

Short Answer: We suggest you store your garlic in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place in a well-ventilated container such as mesh or paper.  We often just store them in a clay bowl on the kitchen counter.  Keep them away from any direct sunlight and don’t use the refrigerator. Longer Answer: Think of garlic as Goldilocks Read more…

How to Grow Garlic

If you want to grow garlic where the ground freezes in the winter, I strongly recommend you read the article from the University of Minnesota co-written by our friend Dr. Carl Rosen, a soil scientist and garlic grower. You can find the article HERE. If you live in the deep south I cannot help you Read more…

Ordering Garlic by the Bulb Compared to by the Pound

For those of you used to ordering garlic by the pound, here are a few things to consider. First, our large garlic averages 5 heads per pound a month after harvest.  And our medium garlic averages 8 heads per pound a month after harvest. Our Extra Large garlic averages 4 heads per pound a month Read more…

Green or sprouted garlic may be good for you

While I am not suggesting ‘old’ garlic tastes as good as freshly cured, a recent scientific study looked at the antioxidant levels in sprouted garlic.  Guess what?  Sprouted garlic had the highest antioxidant levels.  Here’s a short news article on this and here is a link to the research results. This is the February 2014 Read more…

Phytoplasma

(Updated September 2013)  Phytoplasma was NOT a new problem for growers in Minnesota this year.  No Aster Leafhoppers were reported and no new disease symptoms were found.  Unfortunately most growers that planted their own stock from last year (2012) did have germination problems this year (2013) since the disease does winter over in infected plants.  Read more…

Bloat Nematode

(Updated July 2017) We strongly urge anyone interested in growing garlic to only buy from a grower that has had their garlic tested for Bloat Nematode and understands the basics of how Bloat Nematode is acquired and spread.  Plum Creek Garlic gets tested every year by the University of Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic.  We tested Read more…

Health Benefits From Garlic

Hana is a dietetics major and put this information together for Plum Creek Garlic on the health benefits of garlic. Thanks Hanna! Hanna found her information in Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A Balch, C.N.C. Garlic is a super food! According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, garlic has been Read more…

Scapes — One of life’s curly pleasures

Scapes are a curly, twisty stalk that the garlic plant produces sometime in mid-June here in Minnesota.  If left unpicked, they eventually straighten into a stiff stalk often over four feet tall.  Experts say they can reduce the size of the garlic bulb growing underground since some of the plant’s energy goes into the scape.  Read more…