Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Growing Your Own Garlic!
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Pictured: Silver Rose, Organic Garlic
How to Plant GarlicGarlic can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall planting is recommended. Bulbs will grow bigger and more flavorful when you plant them in the fall. Plant 6 to 8 weeks before your first hard frost. In southern areas, February or March can be a better time to plant. Most people generally plant garlic somewhere between October-February.
Key Planting Info:
Ensure soil is well-drained with plenty of organic matter. Plant in Full Sun.
Plant 4 inches apart & 2 inches deep, in their upright position (the wide end down and pointed end facing up).
Come springtime, shoots will begin to emerge.
Pictured: Elephant Organic Garlic
How to Take Care of Garlic
Cut off any flowering shoots that come up in the springtime. They will decrease the size of the bulb.
Fertilize with nitrogen, especially if you see yellowing leaves.
Water once every 3-5 days during bulb-ing (mid-May through June).
When and How to Harvest
Gently lift the bulbs with a spade or garden fork. When you remove them from the soil, carefully brush off the soil and let them cure in an airy, shady spot for two weeks. Try hanging them upside down on a string. The key to curing them is making sure that they have good air circulation.
How to Store Garlic
Remote all dirt, roots & leaves. Keep the papery wrapper on—but remove any dirty parts.
Bulbs should be stored in a cool (40 degrees F), dark, dry place, for several months.
The flavor of your garlic will increase as your bulbs are curing and drying.