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Is the 2017 crop destroyed?

frozen garlic 2017

Wow! After 2 months of record snow and cold our garlic beds look ruined.  All the green shoots are yellow andl ifeless.  The raised beds have been frozen for most of the past 10 weeks dating back to Dec 6th 2016.

On the north field we lost 90% of our fabric covers in the howling NW gales.  If any plants survive we fear the bulbs will be small.  Survivors will have exceptional flavour as cold weather generally creates strong garlic.

We will see.

Published: February 25, 2017 | Comments: 0

Planting Time has Begun


Summer’s end marks the start of our planting season.  This fall we are planting 25,000 purple stripe and a few short rows of other early hardnecks we are playing around with (Portugese Purples and the Salt Spring Island variety.)

After hours of weeding in previous years we decided to try landscape fabric on our raised beds.  John is finishing off throwing soil on the sides to help hold the fabric down in our winter storms.  These rows have 15,000 slits cut into them allowing for perfect spacing.

This fall we are being very picky over which cloves we use as seed.  The hope is we have our best and most consistent sized garlic ever.

More pics to follow as we will take about 2 weeks to get everything in the ground.  We also hope the fabric keeps the roots warmer this winter as we expect it to be a cold and snowy one.  Good luck with your planting!

Published: September 23, 2016 | Comments: 0

Elephant Garlic Flowers

elephant garlic

Elephant garlic is not a true garlic variety (it is actually closer to the lily family or tulip) but is a distant cousin of the onion and garlic in the broad allium genus.  This year our main greenhouse sprouted a volunteer plant from our failed attempt last year to produce viable bulbils from a few bulbs we bought at local nurseries.

To our surprise this rogue appeared a year late but has produced a cluster of small flowers (something uncommon in the garlic world) so we are hoping it produces viable bulbils.  If so, we may be on the road to building up our own elephant garlic stock.

Published: June 23, 2016 | Comments: 0

Royal Purples newest Garlic


This year we used a new plot of land for part of our purple stripe crop and with the richest soil we’ve ever made the results have been amazing. It has produced darker, more vivid purples on the cloves and skins. The colours are quite dramatic!

Published: June 23, 2016 | Comments: 0

Our 2016 Farmer’s Market Schedule

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We returned to the White Rock Farmer’s Market on SUNDAY, May 29th.

(10-2 every Sunday)  We are set up in front of the HSBC Bank.

We return to the Abbotsford Farmer’s Market the following SATURDAY, June 4th.  The runs from 9-1.  See you there!


Published: June 2, 2016 | Comments: 0

Garlic Prices for 2016


We are harvesting the remainder of our Early Purple Stripes.  It will be 3-4 more weeks before the big porcelains come on stream.

We are at the Abbotsford and White Rock Farmer’s Markets.  We are in White Rock every week starting SUNDAY May 29th.

Meet us at the Abbotsford Market starting SATURDAY June 4th.

Prices: Marbles (Bulbs under 2 inches) $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

Regulars (Bulbs 2″ to 2.75″) $2.00 per or 3 for $5.00

Bigs (Bulbs over 2.75″) $2.50 per or 5 for $10

Scapes & Garlic Greens: $2.00 per bunch (in season)

We will be selling pickle and seed garlic (in bulbs or pre-popped) later in the season.  Prices to follow.

Published: June 2, 2016 | Comments: 0

Early Purple Harvest Started May 12th, 2016


Here is John in his 2016 Garlic Camo.  These are among the first early Purple Stripes.  Most are in the 2-3 inch diameter range.  Some will be cured enough by May 29 for immediate consumption but others may need an extra week, but they are easy to hang and cut as needed.



Published: May 16, 2016 | Comments: 0

Bulbs are Growing as Are the Weeds


Here is a typical Purple Stripe bulb as of April 27th.  Most have very thick stems (around an inch in diameter) with the plants stretched out to 35 inches tall.  We are about 4-5 weeks from harvest.


Since the beds are covered in paper and compost the weeds aren’t much of an issue among the garlic plants.  The paths between the rows are another matter.  Here is John weed-whacking the paths.  This not only limits the weeds creeping into the beds it also makes life difficult for beetles and other insects that need weed cover to flourish.  The Guinea Fowl patrol these mowed paths and gobble up unsuspecting bugs that produce crop damaging larva (wireworm for instance).

Right now we are spending several hours a days trimming the 40 odd paths, most about 300 feet long.

Published: April 30, 2016 | Comments: 0

Purple Scapes Are Growing!


Hard to believe, but the Purple Stripes starting showing Scapes on April 25th!  They are growing rapidly and we will tag many of the earliest and save their bulbils for next fall’s planting.  We are slowing developing a very early hardneck variety with a late May harvest.

Published: April 30, 2016 | Comments: 0

Red Onions for 2016

We have just started planting red onion sets (a little late this year). We had so many requests for red onions we switched from last year’s Spanish.  We generally only grow a few thousand onions as it isn’t our main crop but since it is another allium we like them as a companion to our main garlic crop.

Published: April 9, 2016 | Comments: 0