Kitchen Gardeners: Garlic variety to Fall plant for next year?

For the past couple of years I've just gone to my local farm stand and bought whatever organic hardneck garlic they had and planted it in October. What I planted last Fall was supposedly organic Musik. Not too impressed; even with plenty of water (irrigated), the heads are small. Tasty but small, and am using them up faster because of it. This year I may have to suck it up and order garlic online, although it kills me to pay triple what the seed bulbs are actually worth, lol.

I prefer hardneck, as I like to get scapes to use in the late spring and early summer, and softneck garlic doesn't produce them. Plus it seems that hardneck garlic keeps better in storage.

Any favorites? My garden's location is in a Philly suburb.


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