A week ago when the above photo was taken, I was dispairing that some of my garlic hadn't made it through the winter. Four kinds of garlic were planted last fall. The one with all the foliage on it is an unknown softneck from the supermarket that I loved. Not long after it was planted, the leaves bravely pushed through the soil. It has slowly grown all winter under the snow. It was a little put out by our cold snap into the teens when it had no snow cover, but it was just a minor setback. It seems to be a very strong garlic.
The other garlic that was up in the above photo were little shoots of my German Extra Hardy. It is the garlic to the far left. It didn't show itself until the spring, but still only one little clove didn't seem to grow. I had a couple of the Georgian Crystal (between those two) push through last week, but not many. Not a sign could be seen of the Bogytar that is the biggest planting on the right. I was very afraid my garlic had failed over the winter. The Bogytar cloves were pretty pitiful. I wasn't happy with that variety of seed garlic. It was small and a little diseased. I had to throw most of it out.
What a difference a week makes. The photos are only six days apart, but only a couple aren't up from all but the Bogytar. Even that one has at least half of them making an appearance. I was afraid I would get a pitiful harvest, but maybe, just maybe all of the 44 cloves planted will come up. I can only hope.