Prim is a softneck garlic variety and modest in size, at least from my growing this season, disappointing really and fiddly to use. Under the white wrapper are pinkish cloves. It promises to be a long keeper. I'm finding as I work through the varieties that clove size and keeping qualities will probably decide what I grow on next year. Though by November when I start to plant again the true picture on storage will not be fully known. Plenty of punch (all garlic will have this!) with a parsley and garlic pesto to go with squid and pasta.
This is a hardneck marbled purple stripe variety though you'd hardly guess looking at the outer skin.
Coming from Russia as the name suggests it's supposed to do well in cold climates.
The inner skin of each clove, 8 in all, is reddish purple and cooks will like it as they are large and easy to prepare.
I've read that hardneck garlic doesn't store as long as softneck varieties and this one has a life of 5 - 7 months. Time will tell. As I've more hardneck varieties this year maybe I'll experience a 'hungry gap' when I've no garlic left in store. Hope not.
Taste? Garlicky and it livened up a roast hand of pork.
Earlier in the year I wrote that I would experiment with planting whole Charlotte tubers and half-cut tubers and compare yields. I wanted to see if I could get more value from a pack of 30 tubers costing around £6.95. (Of course the best value probably comes from saving your own).
And so I chitted all of my Charlotte tubers in the usual way and selected two. I cut these in half and let them heal over for about two weeks before planting out. (A few days would probably be enough). Each half had at least one eye.
Come sowing time, the half-cut tubers were set in a spade deep trench, lined with grass clippings, one foot apart and then the whole tubers were planted in the same way, one foot apart. I ridged up the trench about a foot high as I was going away and didn't want the emerging shoots to suffer from a late frost. It also saved earthing up later on.
Both were harvested in early July. The average yield from the half-cut tubers was 810g per half-cut tuber versus 1.2kg from the whole tubers. Over a 30 foot row the half-cut tubers would yield about 24kg and because you cut them in half you would have a second 30 foot row to plant giving a total yield of about 48kg. On the basis of my results from a 30 foot row of whole tubers you could expect about 36kg. (I'm pretty sure my yields are down on last year as I didn't compost/manure enough).
So by going to the trouble of cutting the tubers I can get about 10-12kg more potatoes come harvest time. Worth thinking about if you have the space.
Of course there is the risk that the tubers could fail to heal over when cut or disease is introduced and you lose some. And as I harvested early I don't know if they would have continued to bulk up in the same proportion of 810g versus 1.2kg (don't see why not) or whether the whole tubers would have bulked up more.
Now I want to see if I can get a Christmas crop from chitted Charlottes which I'll plant late August/early September.