Bogatyr Hardneck Garlic

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Sow in fall to harvest the following July Seed grade: 2"+ diameter heads Allium sativum

Unusual in flavor as well as epithet, a Bogatyr (bo-ga-TEER) is a Russian hero archetype and this garlic lives well up to this name! A luscious Purple Marble Stripe varietal beloved for its depths of flavor beyond the quintessential pungency of most garlic, you’ll find 5 to 7 massive cloves per bulb that store well into the winter.

Bogatyr defies boundaries in other ways, as well:  Though technically a ‘Purple Marble Striped’ type, Bogatyr has flattened heads with streaked clove skins somewhat like Rocamboles…with the number and size of the cloves more like Porcelain types. The scape, stalk height, and leaf color are of Rocambole…yet the flavor being of Porcelain. Then, Bogatyr gets weird: they can create what are called “throat sets”, which are clusters of bulbils on the stalk just above the head. And, when over ripe, Bogatyr will split open from the bottom. These are traits of Softneck types! There is a very unscientific label of “Purple Marble Striped” or some version thereof for this form of garlic. These are made up names, and little work has been done to tease apart the genetic origins of various garlic forms. To Heron Breen, who grows and shares Bogatyr with Fruition, this garlic represents an in-between form of Hardneck and Softneck, another manifestation from the wild mythic foundation. After being stunned by Bogatyr’s size & beauty,  Heron purchased just a handful of heads from Adam Tomash and June Zeller who sourced Bogatyr from Tom Vigue years ago, another plantsperson of renown.

Bogatyr is grown on our dear friend Heron’s farm in Maine where he’s been building soil as well as community for decades. Though his land is not technically certified organic, his practices are profoundly regenerative and are making possible the future we all dream of. Learn more here.

~ Garlic will ship mid to late September! ~

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1 review for Bogatyr Hardneck Garlic

  1. Christine Snyder

    This garlic ranks high on the heat scale, right up there with Metichi and so is one of my husband’s favorites. Sorry, but I’m a sissy when it comes to the heat. Truly outstanding garlic, Thank you very much for providing it!!

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How to Grow Organic Garlic: Just a Taste!

Prepare: Choose well-drained soil that has plenty of sun. We reap what we sow — and also what we sow into — and garlic is hungry! To harvest the largest, healthiest and most delectable heads, sow your cloves into garden soil with abundant compost as well as our organic garlic & shallot fertilizer, nourishing root development in fall and growing large, nutrient dense plants all spring and early summer. We have recently begun to use a small handful of worm castings on top of each clove when we seed in the fall. The health and size of the garlic plants has dramatically improved- give it a try!

Plant: Here in Zone 5 we plant between late September to early November. Plant individual cloves 2-3 inches deep and 6 inches apart in a row. Rows should be 6-10 inches apart depending on bed spacing and cultivation tools. Late planting? As long as you can get into the garden and the ground is not frozen the garlic will do just fine. We have planted digging through the snow when we got behind and had no other choice. You might not like being out there then, but the garlic does not seem to mind.

Plant Care: If you have mulch available it will aid in reducing frost-heaving. Keep garlic well-watered and well-weeded! Foliar feed your garlic in spring with compost tea or organic fish emulsion for an invaluable boost in nutrients, as well.

Harvest: Feel free to harvest the delicious, spiraling scape that will appear in early/mid-June on the hardneck varieties.

Harvest your bulbs beginning the first or second week of July up until mid-August with a fork or shovel once a third of the leaves are brown and dry. Cure garlic (leaves and all) out of the direct sunlight for two weeks with plenty of good air flow, clipping the necks and roots to store long-term in a dark, dry place. Softnecks: when harvesting we like to cut the stem of the plant as close to the garlic bulb to encourage uniform drying. 

Learn more: Visit our free online course, Growing Garlic & Shallots Organically for more insight on how to amplify your garlic abundance. Enjoy!

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