by John Musser
I love garlic, you must also or you would not be here! This is my little collection (below) of our garlic this summer with some of my rosemary, drying in our pantry. I not talking about the health benefits today which I’ve done on my Facebook posts, but today —- just some help to get them planted. Now is the time! Below are great links and helps for the process. Enjoy and support the makers of the video. I have no connection with these people, but I took the time to find “some of the best” for this post.
I hope you enjoy and learn the tricks of the simple art in growing this wonderful herb. It is intensely and uniquely flavorful and aromatic. Garlic is used in virtually every cuisine in the world, including nearly every form of Asian, European, African, Latin American and North American cooking.
When should I plant garlic?
Garlic requires a cold treatment to do well, and the biggest, most robust bulbs are produced from a fall planting. Besides, that’s the only time planting stock is readily available. So, if you haven’t already ordered your garlic, do it now! Your goal should be to plant within two weeks of the first frost (32°F) so that the cloves develop roots but do not emerge above ground by the time of the first hard freeze (28°F). You can also get them from your farm store or co-opp.
How much should I plant?
That depends on how much garlic you eat. The rule of thumb is that every pound of garlic will produce between four and eight pounds.
- Find out when to plant garlic in your region. In general, the best times for planting are mid-autumn or early spring.
- Choose a planting spot and prepare the soil. Garlic needs a lot of full sun, but it might tolerate partial shade provided it’s not for very long during the day or growing season.
- Choose garlic from a store, or even better, a farm stand or the local farmers market. It’s very important that the garlic bulbs chosen are fresh and of high quality. Avoid garlic that has been sprayed with chemical sprays.
- Ensure that the soil has good drainage. Clay-based soils are not good for planting garlic.
- Use compost and manure to add nutrients to the soil before planting the garlic.
- Fertilize again in the spring if you are planting your garlic in the fall, or in the fall if you’re planting it in the spring.
- Water the plants often. Newly planted garlic needs to be kept moist to help the roots to develop. Don’t overdo the water, as garlic does not grow well, or may even rot, if sodden during cold months.
- Water deeply once a week if rain has not fallen. Watering garlic is not necessary unless there is a drought, in which case water sparingly, as garlic hates wet soil.
- Reduce the watering gradually as the season warms up. The garlic needs a hot, dry summer to allow the bulbs to mature.
Note the signs of readiness for harvesting. Garlic bulbs are ready to be harvested when you can feel the individual cloves in the bulb, and the leaves turn yellow or brown.
- Be careful with the digging process, since garlic tends to bruise easily.
- Wash them and leave to dry in a well–ventilated space, or in the sun for a few days if rain is guaranteed not to fall. Garlic can get sunburned, so don’t leave them outside for too long.
- Store garlic in a cool, dry place in your home. Dried bulbs can be kept in a garlic keeper (usually made from pottery), and individual cloves can be pulled off as needed.
- Make a garlic plait or braid. The dried leaves can be kept back and plaited or braided into a strand, from which you can hang the garlic bulbs in your pantry or kitchen. This is both decorative and useful.
Below are good people to support! When people like this do such a great job, it’s good to “like them” and give them a word of encouragement. It takes a lot of work for quality videos like this.
Planting Garlic in Containers
How to Grow Garlic Indoors
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