Re: [gardeners] garlic in Texas

Barbara J. Davis (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 09:45:33 -0500

Hi Margaret,

The east-central Oregon I'm talking about was out in the boonies 
about 200 miles west of Ontario.  I didn't ask the Dept. of Agriculture.
I just took some of my harvested garlic with me when we went to the 
ranch for the summer.  So, maybe I did something illegal without 
knowing.  Ah, well, those days are past.

Barbara Davis       zone 7/8       southwest of Fort Worth, TX

> At 06:16 AM 9/30/98 -0500, you wrote:
> >
> >Hello,
> >
> >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