Grey Duck Garlic
Growing Garlic the Grey Duck Garlic Way
This site contains everything you ever wanted to know about garlic; selecting the perfect variety, planting cloves, tending green plants and ultimately harvesting huge heads of garlic. We grew organic garlic for seed sales for many years and have hand planted and harvested thousands of pounds of garlic. We no longer sell garlic but want to continue to share our knowledge with you.
If you want to grow huge heads of garlic you are looking at the right place!
As an added bonus you can also read odd bits of garlic lore. Did you know garlic might prevent wrinkles while warding off drug resistant MRSA?). Can your beauty cream do that while still making a mean linguini sauce? I bet not!
Learn how to help our friendly pollinators the bees! Bonus: learn how to tell a bee from a wasp.
Picture: Read more to grow delicious Red Rezan garlic bulbs like these.
At Grey Duck Garlic we love to grow and cook gourmet organic garlic. We encourage you to grow your own garlic. Seed garlic varieties are great tasting and easy to grow for the home gardener, commercial grower, and chef. Gourmet garlic has a much wider range of flavor than supermarket garlic. You will not believe the difference in taste!
We encourage you to grow using sustainable farming practices:
Grey Duck Garlic is a family farm that lovingly grows certified organic garlic and other crops (WSDA Organic Certification #1883). Growing organically is better for us, the land, and the flavor of our garlic and other crops. Whether you have a city lot or a 2,000 acre farm you can start making the steps to grow in a way that is healthier.
Picture: Rows of garlic growing on our organic farm. People often stop to ask what crop is growing out in the field. They usually guess onions.
We use sustainable growing practices. Since we live in a dry climate with limited water reserves, we grow dryland organic seed garlic. We believe that the best tasting garlic comes from thoughtful and respectful production. Try to choose varieties that will work for your climate.
We want you to have fun growing and eating gorgeous garlic. Our informative website is organized into sections for your reading pleasure:
Garlic: Our garlic descriptions, and photos can help you decide what types of garlic are best for you!
FAQ: Do you have burning questions about garlic? Check here for the answers to our most common allium queries.
Growing garlic: These pages offers information for the home gardener and for commercial growers. For new garlic growers and gardeners we offer our First Time Garlic Grower's Guide. There is a page just for Southern growers. Check out our garlic planting chart for when to put those cloves in the ground.
We have tips for growing the biggest garlic bulbs, raising the smallest garlic bulbs, and handy tips for garlic storage once you grow those bulbs. Learn how to grow green garlic and garlic bulbils. If you are really interested in garlic you can read about our garlic breeding program.
Picture: Want huge bulbs? See our Grow Big Garlic page for how to grow giant garlic bulbs like the ones at right!
Garlic Cookbook: Discover the range of flavors our garlic can offer! Our cooking pages offer flavor sketches and gourmet recipes to suit each garlic variety. See out tips for what garlic varieties compliment different ethnic dishes. Check out our garlic cooking tips.
Garlic marketing: Check out our marketing tips and learn about green garlic. If you are thinking about growing garlic for sale see our tips on navigating the local farmer's market. We also give some tips for women growers. Growing garlic can be very profitable if you go about it the right way and we want to encourage new garlic farmers.All About Bees: Do you like honey? How about fruits and vegetables? Our bee section has been expanded to let you know more about the plight of the bees and how you can help plant pollinators. Pollinators are a vital part of the ecosystem.
Learn about bee families, why you should never call a bee a wasp, and how pesticide exposure can cause bees to lose their way, stop dancing, and become couch potatoes. Not fond of wasps? Learn how to control wasps organically.
Why garlic can make you healthier: There has been an explosion of great new research in the last few years showing why eating garlic is health. See our mini-scientific articles on how garlic can reduce skin aging and wrinkles, how eating garlic and onions prevents hip osteoarthritis, how garlic can change your genes, and why garlic inhibits inflammation and helps with arthritic symptoms.
Worried about cardiovascular disease? Check out our sections garlic helps firefighter's heart health, how garlic lowers blood pressure, and why garlic lowers blood sugar and reduces cholesterol.
Garlic ability to kill germs is getting its own section. So if you are interested in how garlic can fight off infections and invading microbes see our pages on using garlic to cure MRSA, how garlic obliterates food poisoning bacteria, why garlic inhibits TB, and how garlic may be used to protect baby formula from pathogen contamination.
Picture: Butterfly on clove.
Sustainable practices: At Grey Duck Garlic we give a duck about the environment! Learn about how we take care to live and grow in ways that improve the land. Find out how to weed like a pro! Teach your cow to eat weeds, learn about ways to attract wildlife to your yard and find out why we don't use chemicals when we grow garlic.
Picture: Beautiful and bold tasting Bogatyr garlic bulbs surrounded by barbwire.
Garlic information: Attend a fun garlic festival, find out whether you should feed your pets garlic, read about the history of garlic, find out the difference between a hardneck and a softneck garlic, or study the ten garlic families.
Depression: I'll be adding some information about improving mental health to the website. Check out the page listing depression symptoms (did you know losing your sense of smell could signal that you are depressed?) I also review a great book on overcoming and living with depression,500 Tidbits of Insight by D. Delaughter.
Garlic Varieties: Read about garlic varieties in general and get up close with a personal expose of some of our favorites garlic celebrities: Georgian Crystal, Siberian, Romanian Red, Parvin, Lorz Italian, German Red, Red Rezan, Thermadrone, Tzan, Asian Tempest, Chesnok Red and Bogatyr. We love all these varieties and encourage you to try a new variety this year!
Interested in what else we do?
Steve loves growing tomatoes. His farm, Plow Maker Farms, provides organic heirloom tomatoes and raspberries to the local area. If you want to know why heirloom tomatoes are healthier and tastier than commercial tomatoes check out this article.
Jane, is very interested in small fruit and berry production. She is experimenting with different varieties.
I (Susan) am currently writing several books and a review article with a friend about metabolic disorders. I am also developing healthy salad dressings using full fat yogurt for a small family run New York business, Choopoons.
Choopoons makes the best full fat traditional Greek yogurt that I have ever tasted and I wish I wasn't on the opposite coast from them so I could eat it all the time. I work with them but I would love their products even if I didn't!
If you also love yogurt, ice cream and cream check out my website discussing the health benefits of dairy at MooScience.
This website is created and designed by Susan Fluegel. My current goal with this website is to develop a useful resource for garlic growers and cooks that is also entertaining. It is a work in progress and I am continually trying to improve it. Any mistakes made on this website are all mine (remember: without mistakes one cannot learn)!
All content on this website is original and written by Susan Fluegel, Edna Hastain or Jane Fluegel. We do not copy or use material from other sources. Photos are taken by Susan Fluegel, Patty Fluegel, or Jane Fluegel. Pictures, art and cartoons are by Susan Fluegel or Jane Fluegel. You are welcome to pin Grey Duck Garlic photos and pictures on your favorite sharing sites if you include credit (don't worry we won't sue you for thousands of dollars!)
We like to spread the garlic gospel! If you wish to use or post written articles from Grey Duck Garlic please contact us by e-mail. We normally are happy to give permission as long as we are given credit.
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