OSU Master Gardener Teresa Reavis has three kinds of garlic in her garden: a soft neck, a hard neck and an elephant garlic.
Teresa explains that the soft neck and hard neck are kind of the same; they can be a little more pungent and kind of hot. Elephant garlic usually has a kind of mellow taste and tends to grow big cloves. For a preservation technique, you can braid the soft neck type of garlic and Teresa says this will last all winter in the kitchen.
In your garden, plant your garlic six to eight inches apart and two inches down. Teresa says it gives you the right amount of pocket. Plant clove per hole, and it’s recommended that you pick your biggest cloves. Put the pointy part and then cover with dirt. Your garlic will grow all winter long and then you can harvest it next year at the end of June, July and August.
For more information, consult the OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines:
Jackson County: 541-776-7371
Josephine County: 541-476-6613
Klamath County: 541-883-7131
Curry County: 541-247-6672