Garlic is a relatively easy and profitable plant to grow. With Garlic you can create up to $40,000 per year on a ½ acre plot of ground with good soil and farming practices. Possibly even more when using organic certification.
As a local grocer in a very rural area, we would purchase garlic from the local small farms. Garlic is sold at the rate of over 300 million tons per year. Those are the statistics from last year.
Garlic is second only to pepper in the spices section as of my last research. It is not a get rich quick crop, but with care and nurturing, you can make a good living.
Garlic Profitable Plant Varieties
- Hard-neck garlic bulbs usually have a larger clove and are easier to peel.
- Soft-neck garlic varieties have been cultivated by growers over the centuries from the original hard-neck bulbs. To date, there are over 600 varieties of soft-neck garlic identified and grown.
- Carpathian: A heirloom Polish variety.
- Spanish Roja: Heirloom that produces very large bulbs.
- German Extra-Hardy: Mild, excellent flavor.
- Georgian Crystal: Nice mild flavor.
- Siberian: Mild flavor, good to grow even the coldest climates. Heirloom variety.
- Chesnok Red: A gourmet garlic.
- California Early
- Chet’s Italian Red
- Early Italian Red
- Inchelium Red
- Nootka Rose
- Polish White
- Red Toch
There is also Elephant Garlic, but it is more closely related to the leek family. It does not last as long as other garlic, and is not as tasty. You will want to choose a tasty garlic to sell for profit.
A List of Things to Consider when Starting your Profitable Small Scale Farm
- Grow what people want to buy where you live
- Find out by asking local stores, restaurants and farmers markets
- Friends and family may also purchase from you
- Start a CSA (community supported agriculture) service and pre-sell your garlic.
- You want a sunny spot to grow your garlic
- Well drained soil with a PH between 6.8 and 7.2 (some growers have told me that for their garlic they use 6.2 to 6.8ph. Do your research)
- If the soil is too wet, the garlic will not thrive. Prepare your soil ahead of planting time, up to a year in advance.
- Keep your soil clean, healthy as well as free of pests, weeds and other problems
- Remain patient and make wise choices with your garlic crop.
- After harvesting your garlic and before going to market, you will want to make sure that you have an appropriate storage space. Armstrong Steel helps design and create custom steel buildings that are great for storing not only your harvest, but also your farming equipment.
Now just sell your garlic to restaurants, stores, vendors or to a community of hungry garlic users who want your product!!
After you have made all of that money, all you have to do is prepare the soil with organic fertilizer, materials and replant again in the fall.
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