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Win prizes at 8 blogs in our online Garlic Planting Party

Oct 10, 2012 -
  Win prizes at 8 blogs in our online Garlic Planting Party
This prize package comes in 8 versions -- each time with a different kind of garlic or shallot.

The giveaways are over, but you can find great garlic recipes and garlic growing info at the blogs listed below. Shallots too!

Timing tips:
Best  time to plant garlic? After the first frost in your area.
Last  time to plant garlic? Okay to plant as long as you can work the soil.

Mulch it:
*  Mulch about 4” if you have winter freezes and high summer heat. If you only need to suppress weeds and protect from heat extremes, maintain 2” of mulch from planting until harvesting.

We have the best selection and best prices on organic garlic seed.

“Gourmet” hardneck garlic with its distinct flavors is almost impossible to find unless you grow your own.
Plant softneck garlic (keeps well) for its milder flavor, or to make garlic braids as presents.
Shallots are like a small, sweet onion with a hint of garlic flavor—pricey, unless you grow them yourself.

Plant a garlic clove to grow a head of garlic, or a shallot bulb to grow a cluster of shallots.

Win all these organic garlics and shallots in our online Garlic Planting Party.

Ready, set, GO down the online garden path and visit the 8 Garlic Planting Party blogs that are giving away our organic garlic seed.

Are you an old hand at growing garlic? Or ready to plunge in? Either way, this is your moment.

What will you win? Each blog has a different kind of organic garlic seed to give away, wrapped up in a big prize package. You could win 8 times!

The prize package (in the photo above) includes:

1 quart of our Organic Liquid Kelp (for soaking the cloves overnight before planting)

10 gallon Smart Pot (to plant some in a container)

1 Garlic Twist (clever kitchen gadget that minces the cloves when you twist it; easy to use and clean)

1 5x7 professional photo print of the garlic variety

garlic twist

Meet the co-hosts of our Garlic Planting Party

Each of our co-hosts has a different variety of our organic garlic seed to give away in a prize package. To enter, visit their blogs and follow their directions about leaving a comment.

And check out their blogs while you’re there—these are some of the top organic gardening blogs in the U.S. You’re going to learn a lot about garlic from them!

Chiot’s Run has the Garlic Combo Pack (4 varieties of garlic, plus French Red shallots) CLOSED

North Coast Gardening has organic Russian Red hardneck garlic CLOSED

Western Gardeners has organic Purple Italian hardneck garlic CLOSED

Living Homegrown has organic German Red hardneck garlic CLOSED

Dirt Du Jour has organic French Red shallots CLOSED

Gardenerd has organic California Early White softneck garlic CLOSED

A Suburban Farmer has organic Purple Glazer hardneck garlic CLOSED

Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com has Bogatyr hardneck garlic CLOSED

Info on Growing Garlic

We also have tips galore for beginners and experts about choosing, planting, and harvesting garlic. You’ll find a video and articles on our Seed Garlic page.

If you’re here for the first time—welcome!

We’re the largest organic gardening supply company in the U.S. and we ship to all 50 states. Check out our library of research-based videos and articles on all aspects of organic gardening, over at our Organic Gardening Resources.

Now, back to the giveaway!

Enter to win a pound of Bogatyr by leaving a comment telling us why you like hardneck garlic.

The Garlic Planting Party lasts until Wednesday, October 17 at midnight Pacific Time. Be sure you visit all 8 blogs by then!

The giveaway is concluded. Thanks to you all for your interesting comments! We will pick a winner at random and be in touch via email.


Categories: Seed Garlic, Softneck Seed Garlic, Organic Seed Garlic, Organic Seed Shallots, Contests

Andy from Idaho Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 10:36 am

I have never grown garlic before and don’t know what hardnecked garlic is like, but I would love to try growing garlic.
I hope i win.
Thanks for the giveaway.

judym Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 10:47 am

this seems to be a good starter kit for a garlic-loving beginner. Been wanting to start planting/storing garlic instead of buying dried up store bought cloves.

Kelly Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 11:45 am

I have been wanting to plant garlic for the first time this year. Was going to try both hard and soft neck varieties to see which grows best here.

Mark S Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Up until recently, I liked hardneck garlic best because I’d heard it stored based. Now I’m told that might not be the case… I’d be happy to find out via direct experimentation!

Michelle Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

My hardneck garlic always gives only nice, big cloves- none of those teeny weeny ones in the center you get with softneck garlic, which aren’t really worth the effort it takes to peel them (but I’d feel wasteful if I just tossed them).

liz Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

This is my first year growing garlic.  The kit would be a great help.  Thanks for a great give away!

cynthialeigh Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I grew garlic for the first time this past growing season. I loved it! It was very satisfying. It was a hard neck one but I don’t know what variety it was. I think I’ve heard that hardnecked varieties are more hardy which is good up here in Canada.
Thanks for the great giveaway and for pointing me to some awesome blogs! I am a regular reader of Chiot’s Run.

Johanna Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This is my first year trying my hand at growing garlic, so I’m quite the novice. But based off of the seed garlic I planted, I can already tell that the taste is going to be so much more complex than the regular old garlic I’ve always purchased at the store.

angie h Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I’ve heard it is easier to grow in my area.  This is my first year planting garlic so I’m just excited to try any!

elizabeth Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hardneck garlic grows best for me in Montana.

Liz Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I’ve wanted to try growing my own garlic.  I’m excited to try the hardneck.

kirsten Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

have never planted garlic before, hard- or soft-necked. this is a total experiment on my part but would love to give it a shot!

Konnie Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I wish I could say I have tried it….  I ran across the blog while just exploring the gardening blogs and from all the descriptions, it seems hardy enough to handle the Michigan weather…..  Even if I don’t win, I’m excited about the blogs and all the other supporters of this….  I’m sharing the site and the contest…  thanks….

Bridget Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Oh, this looks like a great kit! Hardneck grows so well in St. Louis, provided the chickens don’t find them first. And tastes great!

Creg Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Thank you for the giveaway.  I’ve only tried garlic once and didn’t know what I was doing at the time.  I’d really like to try again now that I have more time and think I know what I’m doing.

Troy R. Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

this is my first season growing garlic, so these’d make a LOVELY addition! cant wait to get these cloves in the ground as soon as this RAIN lets up!

Sandy Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

This is my first year of attempting to grow garlic!  Realize the only one I have cooked with have been the store bought hardneck (love sauteed garlic, mushrooms and sweet peppers.)

Diane Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I am currently on food stamps but survived July almost 100% from my vegetable garden, until receiving some assistance. (I was laid off 2 years ago from a corporate situation, after 30 years). I will somehow find garlic to plant again this year, maybe from this giveaway or maybe the grocery store. Either way, couldn’t live without it. I have not tried hard neck! And I could so use the other products as well! Thank you all for the growing information too.

JD Mathews Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’ve never grown hardneck garlic or any garlic before but I am planning t start this year.

Kelly G. Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I would love to try growing garlic and don’t know too much about hardneck vs. non hardneck. I would love to give it a try though!

Veronica Flores Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love hardneck garlic because the flavor is simply unmatched! Plus, I covet garlic scapes come springtime- yum! smile

Lisa Spang Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Most varieties of hard necks have larger cloves.

Kateri Fahey Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I’ve grown hard necks for years. Love the fact that you get several large easy to use cloves, instead of multiple tiny cloves that come with soft neck garlic. This is a variety I don’t have and would to try it!

barbara Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Why do I like hard neck garlic? Because I have good taste! wink

I went out on a date with a fella years ago to a gourmet pizza place ... he commented that there was too much garlic on the pizza ... it was our one and only date, needless to say!

Chris Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Because it’s simply the best!!

Ken Toney Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I’vd been growing one variety of hardneck garlic for years.  I love it because it has always produced good yields, stores well and tastes great.  I’d love to try some more varieties.

Rose T Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I’ve never grown hardneck garlic before. I recently bought some soft neck garlic from Grow Organic that I just planted so would love to compare the two types. I would like to use the scapes in the hardneck variety too!  Thanks for all the videos you post teaching us about growing organic! I’m a fan for life!

Sol Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I’ve only grown garlic starting from supermarket bought heads.  I received your wonderful catalog today an now I need to win this givaway smile

Debby Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

We love garlic and it is soooo good for you.

Barbara C. Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I can see from these blogs that I have a lot to learn about growing garlic! Looking forward to giving it a go!

Monica Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

My mom cooked with garlic every day so now I do too. My husband told me that’s why he married me wink

Wendy Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

This is my second year growing garlic.  I’ve grown hardneck garlic both years because it is recommended for my area.  I tried a softneck variety this year and it didn’t do well at all.

Susan Says:
Oct 10th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I like hardneck garlic because of the flavor, the scapes, the fewer and larger cloves, and the ease of peeling the cloves!  Yum!

Evelyn Vincent Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 3:33 am

The properties I like most with the hardneck garlic that I’ve grown (‘German Extra Hardy’) are: easy to grow, large cloves, easy to peel, juicy cloves, and that intense wonderful flavor raw or cooked - it makes my mouth water just typing this!
BTW, I just got your catalog yesterday and I’m looking forward to exploring the delights you offer. Thanks a million for all you do!

michelle Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 5:09 am

I have never grown hardneck garlic before, but its on the to do list.  I’m new to gardening, and can’t wait to get started.  Thanks for all this great info, so helpful.Love GARLIC!!!

Teresa Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 5:14 am

I’ve grown hardneck garlic for years here in oklahoma.  The softneck just do not do as well here.  Besides we love to have the scapes on our eggs for breakfast.
Would love to win the giveaway.

Kelly D Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 5:15 am

I think hardneck garlic would go great in many recipes.

Angela Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 5:17 am

I think I’ve always had softneck, very curious to try hardneck. Thankfully my husband and I both like garlic (it would be bad if one of us didn’t).
Thanks for the chance!

katie Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 6:18 am

Good luck to everyone. I want garlic for my garden!!!!

Olivia Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 6:27 am

When I first found hardneck garlic, it was at a farmers market in Ithaca.  I picked it up as a curiosity, but was blown away by the excellent more pronounced garlic flavor and have craved it ever since.

deborah hall Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 6:32 am

a little garlic always goes into my tomato sauce

Kandis Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 7:27 am

Scapes for stir fry! Always fun.

Heli Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 7:45 am

I`ve grown garlic for some year local Estonain micture of different varietys, but I never knew about there are hardnecked and softnecked types until reading about it today. To think about it mine have been hardnecked, and I always love to eat what I have grown myself.

Erin Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 8:01 am

The hard neck varieties always seem to show up at our farmers market much earlier in the season which is great but I love most types that I can get for their different flavors.

Iris Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

the larger cloves around the big heavy stem are what I like about hardneck garlic

Cindy Freeman Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 8:46 am

I LOVE GARLIC because it is nutritional as well as medicinal. Right now I have some garlic cloves sitting in a pint jar of honey infusing…waiting to be used for a cold/flu remedy. I need to grow my own so would love to win some! (c:

Kathy M Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 9:05 am

I’ve never tried growing any variety of garlic, but I’d love to give hardneck a try partly to get the scapes & try cooking with them!

tam Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 9:11 am

i like ALL garlic - not sure i have a preference!

Robin Peacock Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 9:11 am

Great big cloves of delicious medicine!

Amy Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 9:11 am

We love garlic in just about everything.  Hardneck seems to have the best flavor.  Would love to try planting my own.  Thanks for the opportunity.

Ginny Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am

I like hardneck garlic because it is easy to grow, and smells and tastes wonderful!

Sue Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 9:29 am

This will be the first year we will be planting any kind of garlic. We use massive amounts of garlic in our cooking, don’t know why we never tried growing it before! I looked up the Bogatyr variety, sounds awesome.

Barbara Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:06 am

Several separate gardeners in my family tried all three varieties and found that for raising, storing, and using garlic here in the Midwest (Minnesota/Wisconsin) the hard-neck beat hands down. We use garlic for flavor and pure enjoyment as well as for the beneficial properties.  I dabble in using herbs medicinally as well as for cooking.  Garlic rates up there among the top for helping boost your immune system.

My sister lost almost all her garlic this year due to the weather that allowed a nasty fungus to grow.  I am hoping to get some replenishment stock for her.

jess Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hardneck garlic rules because it’s super hardy and you get delicious scapes. I love plants with secondary harvests!

Deb Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Love all garlic, but I’m not sure I have tried hard neck. But I am more than willing.

Julie Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love homegrown garlic—but I’m always so impatient! Even though I know the bulbs aren’t ready to harvest, I always have to just “check” one. And then I curse myself for my impatience! I grow 8 different varieties, and this year my goal is to actually make a pretty garlic braid. Sounds silly, I know—but I’ve never done it and think it looks lovely. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! Happy planting!

Kathleen Doerr Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Garlic is used more than almost any other ingredient in my kitchen and I always look for the purple neck to let me know when the garlic I am buying is good.

Modern Mia Gardening Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:33 am

I’ve never grown hardneck garlic before but am very willing to try.  Heck, I’ve never grown garlic before until planting elephant garlic (shhhh) this year.

Dee Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 11:39 am

My son and daughter-in-law just love garlic and put it on everything!  It would be great to win the price package and that way they can grow their very own garlic, with a lsome help from me!

Ellen Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 11:40 am

I have never tried hardneck, but I love garlic and will plant some!

Chris boyer Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I love large cloves and use garlic almost daily. Growing my own is something I’ve been researching and would love to do.

Emily Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I like hardneck garlic because I have sinus issues and it’s one of the few things I can taste.

Grace Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

What a great opportunity!
I have been on a waiting list for the Oasis Senior Center Garden since I moved here in 2008 and will finally have a place to grow the sweet, flavorful shallots that I use in every recipe that calls for onions.
They are amazing.  Such a small item can give some much flavor to potato salad, cucumber salad,tuna salad, egg salad, and any vegetable salad, especially broccoli, cauliflower or beet salad.
I am thrilled to be part of this party.
Many Thanks for the chance to participate.

Christian Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I love the big cloves and the scapes in the spring!

Hilary Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I like hardneck garlic because it is beautiful and delicious!

Stella Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Love hard neck garlic in everything. Looking forward to growing some.

Becky Says:
Oct 11th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I love hardneck garlic for the scapes! It’s like getting two plants for the work of one. What could be better than that?  Thanks so much for doing this great giveaway!

Bonnie Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 5:16 am

I don’t have any garlic at all. Would like to start growing some. They are very good for your health. Would love to have some to grow. Thanks

Lisa Cox Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 6:35 am

I’ve never tried to grow garlic. We just recently moved to 3 acres in Missouri from a city lot in Texas. I want a garden and would love to start with garlic.
Thank you!

Samantha Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am

The flavor is great! I’d love to try growing it in one of those Smart Pots!

Linda Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 7:49 am

I’ve never grown garlic but really appreciate the opportunity to win this great package! Thanks….

Grace Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 7:59 am

I’ve been using garlic for more years than I’d like to admit. I use garlic in my homemade spaghetti sauce,meatloaf, spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and hot pepper flakes, the list goes on. Went to the garlic festival in Co Spgs a few weeks ago and got my garlic there, 3 different varieties. This year is my 1st time to grow my own garlic. I planted last weekend (hope it’s not to soon). Can you tell I am excited. Any growing tips?

Marie Husnick Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love garlic, but don’t know if I’ve ever tried hardneck garlic, but would love to try some.

Amy Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

We LOVE our garlic! I roast whole cloves with potatoes and carrots, drizzled in olive oil with sea salt and rosemary. I grew garlic once a few years ago and it didn’t do very well (gardener error), but I’m planting it again this year and trying hardneck for the first time along with some softneck since we’re in a colder climate now. Need to order my kelp ASAP! Hope it’s back in stock…

Sheila Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We love garlic, my grandfather was an organic gardener, and we love planting and growing and eating garlic too. We like both hard neck and softneck. both grow well for us.

Rebecca Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I have never been able to grow garlic - and you are one of my favorite places to get organic everything!

Maureen Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I love the freshness of hard necked garlic.

Jill Patterson Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten hard neck, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity.  Thanks for sponsoring such an interesting giveaway!

Laura McG Says:
Oct 12th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

It’s great for making braids!  Not to mention great eats!

Lisa Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 6:14 am

Looking forward to winning this garlic planting kit. This will be my first time growing garlic. smile

nadine lew Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 10:36 am

thanks, peaceful valley. i’d love to have our blog be part of this contest sometime in the future if you do it again…


Krysta Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hardneck Garlic has a great, distinct flavor. I’d love to grow some of my own this year instead of bartering with local farmers!

Christine Allen Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 10:47 am

Although it doesn’t store as well as softneck, I love the hardneck’s spicier flavor.

ess Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 10:56 am

good flavor with the hardnecks, and such pretty colors!

Amy Seuberth Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:08 am

I will let you know….put in the raised beds today, fence up, soil complete, compost added, leaves coming down just in time for mulching, garlic tomorrow…I was going to soak in a baking soda mix…is kelp better?  You can never have enough garlic!  Thx

Renee Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:12 am

I LOVE the Music garlic but have not had much luck in growing it. Would love to try again!

Megan Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:19 am

This is my first year growing hardneck garlic - thanks for tips and for providing so many organic options to choose from!

James Williams Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:29 am

Time to plant the garlic!

Gretel Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:35 am

I don’t know too much about hard versus soft, but I will have to learn more now that I know there’s a difference!  Thanks!

Carole S Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:50 am

My husband and I have been growing hard neck garlic, exclusively, for more than 20 years, and he, even longer.  Each year we plant more for gifts to friends and family; they are bold enouigh to call and ask for it.  They tell us it is the best garlic ever, and we lap up the praise even though we know, some years, our crop is disappointing.  I am still looking for a foolproof way of controlling the weather for optimum production.  In the last few years we are growing more different varieties and trying to identify our favorites; they are all so good.

Mona Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:52 am

Larger cloves on hardneck.  And very interested in “scapes”...

Kristen Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I love it for the scapes!  They are sooo good in hummus.

peg Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This is my favorite garlic.

Lissa Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Love the spiciness of fresh hard neck garlics, and the amazing flavor variety!

Rich Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I love growing garlic! It’s so easy, plant them in the fall. Mother nature does all the watering for me. Beautiful garlic in the spring!

Nickie Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I’ve grown hardneck garlic because I heard that many of the varieties have wonderful flavor - and they did!  I do recommend them for that.  But I was not that successful with growing nice large bulbs.  I do appreciate the video you just made - I did not clip off the bulbils in the past, but will do this year.  I think that will do the trick!

The Plant Lady Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I like hard necks because they are not as common as the soft neck variety that is sold in grocery stores…

sue Jenn Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I would love to win the hardneck garlic package. Not sure what I have been growing lately. Just throwing a couple in the ground. This year I want to dedicate most of a bed to garlic with a little kale mixed in. I so like the flavor of hardneck.

andrea Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I like hardneck garlic simple because it has performed so well for me!  Thanks for the giveaway.

Bob L Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Love your website and products.
You never have enough garlic.

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