Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Planting and growing garlic

I would like to grow some garlic for next year but, the weather here has been cold and rainy every time you turn around ugh! which makes it hard to get anything accomplished outside. I am hoping for a couple of nice days here yet this month to finish cleaning the garden and planting garlic. I love fresh garlic and use it often in recipes. To grow garlic, you first separate individual cloves from the garlic bulb. Leave some of the paper hulls on each. You choose a sunny garden location with rich well drained soil. Dig holes or rows approx 1-2 inches deep and plant cloves root side down, 4-6 inches apart in rows 1 1/2-2 ft. apart. Cover with fine soil. In northern climates you should put down 4-6 inches of mulch for winter protection. Garlic will begin growth in late fall or early spring. It is really easy as you can see. Next spring your garlic will begin top growth as soon as the weather starts to warm. The plants will grow vigorously into early summer and around late June you will notice growth cease and the plant greens will begin to yellow and lean over. This signals that the bulbs are ready for harvesting. Carefully dig up the soil and remove your garlic bulbs. You gently brush off soil. Do not wash the bulbs. Garlic can be stored in a warm room away from sunlight. It can last for many months. That's all there is to it to grow garlic. See I told you it was easy. So, there you have it fresh, delicious healthy garlic!

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