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Organic Seed Garlic - Boundary Garlic, BC, Canada

Growing organic seed garlic in British Columbia, Canada
Henry touring one of our fields
of organic seed garlic at
Boundary Garlic in Midway, BC

Boundary Garlic specializes in heritage garlic for seed. We sell by mail order across Canada. We sell only certified organic seed garlic that we have grown on our own property. Seed garlic is garlic which has been grown with meticulous attention to quality. We have had organic certification since 2004.

My husband Henry and I - Iím Sonia - began growing garlic on the ranch in 1999. The ranch is in the Boundary area in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. In the beginning we started with several heirloom cultivars. These flourished and now we have about 60 distinct strains of garlic in the ground at the garlic farm.

Our relationship with garlic is transforming into a conscious partnership. The more carefully we listen, the better we are able to meet the needs of the different garlics and to collaborate with them in their culture and dissemination.

What We Grow

The Canadian climate is particularly well suited to growing true hardneck garlic varieties. We have a large selection of cultivars (strains) of garlic from the five true hardneck varieties which thrive in our cold winters and moderately hot summers. We also have softneck garlics and ‘weakly bolting hardnecks’. For information on the changing face of garlic classification see the article by Bob Anderson on the Garlic Family Tree.

The varieties pages show the garlics available. There is a choice of cultivars from each of the five hardneck varieties: Rocambole, Porcelain, Purple Stripe, Marbled Purple Stripe and Glazed Purple Stripe; from the three weakly bolting hardnecks: Asiatic, Creole, and Turban, and from the softneck varieties Artichoke and Silverskin.

Many of our garlics are primarily for collectors and have limits of 2 bulbs as the maximum you can order. There are also a number of garlics you can order in substantial amounts, all of which we would recommend to growers anywhere in Canada. These include the Porcelains: Dan's Russian, Fish Lake 3, Georgian Crystal, Georgian Fire, Leningrad, Melody, Music, Northern Québec, Romanian Red, Susan Delafield, and Yugoslavian; the standard Purple Stripes: Chesnok Red,  and Persian Star; and the Marbled Purple Stripes: Central Siberian, Czech Broadleaf, Khabar, Kostyn's Red Russian, and Wenger's Russian.

In 2011 we installed an online shopping cart with PayPal or credit card payment. This is now our primary outlet for selling garlic and takes precedence over orders placed through the office. The shopping cart will open about the third week in August. There is more about ordering on the ordering page. This year, instead of a catalogue, we will create a printable list of the garlics we are growing to help you plan your shopping. The limits for each cultivar will be on the garlic varieties pages only, as we often need to adjust these numbers following grading of the garlic.

Bulbils

We have grown many of these strains up from bulbils. This is an excellent way to develop your planting stock. It is economical and in the years it takes for bulbs to reach their full potential the garlic strains adapt to your particular growing conditions. For more information on growing from bulbils go to our bulbils page.See also our growing Rocamboles from bulbils page. For more of Henry's pictures of bulbils and of our experience growing bulbils visit his photo gallery.

 

Bulbils of the Marbled Purple Stripe,
Khabar
Bulbils of the Porcelain,
Susan Delafield
Bulbils of the Rocambole,
Korean Purple
want to see more pics of garlic? visit Henry's gallery

 

Garlic is really easy to grow in the home garden. We have lots of tips for growing our gourmet garlic. If you donít find the answers to your questions on this website, please feel free to email us for help in producing superlative garlic bulbs that will keep for many months.

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What's New?


Shopping Cart Opens in August 2014

Boundary Garlic is completely sold out of garlic from the 2013 crop. We will sell the 2014 crop through our online shopping cart about the third week in August. Visit our garlic varieties pages in July to get an idea of what cultivars will be available and the limits to how much you may buy of each cultivar.

Garlic for Health
Our friend Lalitha has written an amazing handbook of practical herbal wisdom. 10 Essential Herbs is the herb book I have been waiting for all my life without knowing it. Garlic is, of course, one of the ten essential herbs and many of the others are equally well known, safe and easy to use. Lalitha give clear instructions for how to use them, and when not to, plus lots of ancecdotes from her personal experience that encourage one to begin right away. Order from the author.

The Garlic News
The Garlic News comes out four times a year. Thereís a wealth of garlic tips, reports, marketing ideas and news packed into every issue. Subscription information is available here.

Feature Article
We are delighted to present a fascinating article on True Seeds in Garlic by Dr. Rina Kamenetsky.


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