Re: [gardeners] garlic in Texas

Margaret Lauterbach (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 07:01:38 -0600

At 06:16 AM 9/30/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I've been raising a red garlic for years.  It is probably the Mexican 
>Pink that Allen mentioned because I started raising it in south Texas 
>from grocery store garlic.  I took it to east-central Oregon and 
>raised it there, too.  But, I don't know if it is "hard neck".  My 
>daughter raises fantastic garlic in a raised bed (over Texas clay) but 
>I think she bought the seed garlic from a catalog source and it is 
>pure white, like I used to buy when I lived in California.
>Barbara Davis       zone 7/8       southwest of Fort Worth, TX
Yikes!  East central Oregon didn't have a regulation against imported
bulbs?  They have a huge sweet Spanish onion industry (as has southwestern
Idaho), and fear the introduction of white rot that destroys fields forever
for raising onions.  In our part of Idaho we can't use imported sets or
seedlings of any allium, including the ornamental ones.  The Idaho Dept. of
Ag persists in a notification to nurseries (waaaay down there in the small
print) that this regulation exists, then all of the chain businesses in the
valley (KMart, Home Base, Home Despot, Costco, etc.) cheerfully sell
imported alliums, while the local garden centers abstain.  You'd think the
state Dept. of Ag people would get off their butts, inspect and seize such
shipments in view of the fact that their boss, the Governor, owns an onion
packing company by trade.  Margaret