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Garlic is delicious and easy to grow
Easy To Grow Garlic
For Best Results
I always get the best results when I plant the garlic early in the year. My best harvest was the original batch planted December 25 th. My worst batch was planted in late April.
Garlic is easy to grow
I like to use garlic, a lot. I put in almost everything, it tastes good and is good for you. I have been building a kitchen garden and wanted to grow garlic. I thought I knew enough already buy I was mistaken. I planted it in early spring, having the idea garlic is an early season vegetable, and was soon rewarded with some tender green shoots. These grew until I read a facebook post from a friend of mine. She posted "I harvested my garlic". I was a little startled, I did not think mine was ready. I asked her how to when it was ready and she told me "when the leaves turn brown". Well, I pulled a sample only to find that it was not ready. I had planted too late, the garlic did not grow very large and did not survive the heat of July and August.
I went on to research some more about garlic on my own and learned some neat stuff. First, plant garlic in the late fall or early winter. The plants will start to grow within a couple of weeks and grow all winter long. The ancient pagans used to plant garlic by the light of the moon on the shortest day of the year, a day now celebrated in many other ways.
In order to grow garlic simply plant a clove of garlic. It will sprout, I'm sure you have seen a garlic clove with the end sprouted, and then grow into a plant. As the plant matures it will produce cloves in an outward growing spiral, each clove get larger and larger until the plant is harvested. Harvest time is when the leaves turn brown and can vary some from plant to plant. Another bonus to growing garlic I learned is that it can repel some pests and is quite hardy.
So, to recap, garlic is very easy to grow. All you have to do is plant individual garlic cloves in the late fall. Let them grown all winter and then in the spring watch the plants until the leaves turn brown. At that time dig up your home grown garlic and start using it in your kitchen!
What To Expect When Growing Garlic
December I planted my garlic in late December. I choose December 21st because it is the solstice and the day the druids used to plant garlic. I don't know if that makes a difference but I was wildly successful with my garlic project.
February I planted my garlic twice, that is I planted two sets of cloves two weeks apart. So far it seems to be working out well. I have garlic in two stages of growth. The first set has stalks about 8 inches tall and the second batch with is just now sprouting, some are 1-2 inches.
March Both batches are coming up nicely! The first round has leaves about 6-8 inches tall so far and the second round is sprouting well. I have about 36 total sprouts from 40 cloves that I planted.
April The two sets of garlic I planted last winter have basically caught up to each other. You can't tell by looking they were planted two weeks apart. The plants are about 2 feet tall now with 6-7 leaves each. The base of the stalks range in size from 1/2-1 inch wide and are a deep green.
May It is literally a garlic jungle. The tops are very large and green with thick bases.
June Harvest! I pulled up all the garlic today, both sets. I wasn't sure if it was done but a test pull showed I may have been late. Some of the bulbs had grown to a size that caused them to burst. I kept the garlic from these cloves, separated and cleaned them. The bulbs I harvested whole ranged in sized from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches across. Next year I will plant all the garlic at once, in late December. I will also plan on harvesting in late May and be on the look out for signs the bulbs are ready.
Great uses for garlic
Here are a few of the great uses for garlic!
- Cooking! The flavor of garlic is great with all cuisines. Roasted garlic and aioli are some common forms you find in restaurants.
- Its healthy, garlic is thought to aid with cholesterol, blood pressure and is a known broad spectrum antibiotic.
- Pest control, garlic is used in several ways to help control pests in organic gardens.
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