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 50 some distinct strains of garlic in the ground at the
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
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
The varieties pages show the garlics available. There
is a choice of cultivars from each of the
five hardneck varieties: Rocambole,
Purple Stripe and Glazed Purple Stripe; from the three
weakly bolting hardnecks:
Asiatic, Creole, and Turban, and from the softneck varieties
Artichoke and Silverskin.
of our garlics are primarily for collectors and have limits of 1 to 4 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: Leningrad, Music,
Yugoslavian; the standard Purple Stripes:
Persian Star; and the Marbled Purple Stripes: Khabar,
Kostyn's Red Russian, and
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. The limits for each cultivar will be on the garlic varieties pages. We adjust these numbers following grading of the garlic.
grew many of these strains up originally from bulbils and we are constantly refreshing our stock by growing 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
|Bulbils of the Porcelain,
|Bulbils of the Rocambole,
|want to see
more pics of garlic? visit Henry's
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.
Shopping Cart Opens Late August
If you want to be put on our emailing list for notification of the cart opening dates send an email with "Cart Open Date" in the subject line to
Friday, August 19 cart opening for bulk garlic sales, 8 am Pacific Time
Monday, August 22 cart opening for general garlic sales and collectors garlics, 8 am Pacific Time.
Shipping and Refunds Update September 7
Our tentative Canada Post shipping schedule is as follows:
Quebec & Atlantic Canada Sept 14
Ontario September 15/16
Manitoba & Saskatchewan Sept 16
Alberta Sep 19
BC Sept 20-22.
We will begin issuing refunds of the shipping surcharge when the postal union ratifies its agreement or we ship, whichever is first.
August 26 update
Limit 100 bulbs per strain, any size.
Porcelains and Purples in Cart
August 26 update
We still have lots of good-looking medium-sized bulbs in 14 Porcelain strains. The limits have been raised so that you can make substantial purchases. We also still have 5 strains of Marbled Purple Stripe and 2 strains of standard Purple Stripe with full-sized or medium-sized bulbs in the cart.
Shoppers who are adding to existing orders will have their additional shipping charges refunded.
Shipping Uncertainties and Surcharge
We normally ship by Canada Post expedited parcel. If the Canada Post labour dispute has not been resolved by the time we are ready to ship we will be sending the garlic by Greyhound, to be picked up at your nearest Greyhound depot. This is more expensive and therefore we have added a temporary surcharge to our normal shipping charge. This surcharge will be refunded if we are able to ship via Canada Post. This year, if you pick up your garlic at our farm the total shipping charge will be refunded.
Another Garlic Farm
Henry's brother Len has started a second garlic business on the family farm. Check out Norwegian Creek Farm to see what they have to offer.
Developing Commercial Seed Stock
We have many cultivars that are excellent for growing garlic commercially. The modest limits mean that a prospective grower would need to buy the maximum of the chosen cultivars and multiply the seed stock over a number of years. Larger numbers can be acheived by growing from bulbils from the first planting of bulbs and growing up bulbils and bulbs in parallel.
Information en français
La liste des variétés est disponible aux pages Web et aussi les renseignements pour commander l'ail.
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.
We are delighted to present a fascinating article
on True Seeds in
Garlic by Dr. Rina Kamenetsky.