How To Grow Garlic In Your Yard or Garden
How To Grow Garlic
Growing Your Own Garlic
Once you grow your own garlic you won't be interested in the store bought garlic any longer. Because there's nothing like going out into your garden and picking your own fresh garlic to use in your cooking and sauces. You'll find that the flavor from your fresh picked garlic will be oh so delicious compared with store bought garlic.
Garlic takes about eight months to mature in your garden and you can grow it outdoors almost anywhere in the southern United States. You'll want to buy garlic bulbs at your local plant and garden store and you want to plant them at least six weeks before the soil freezes. In the deep south plant in January or early February to harvest in late summer to early fall.
Plant your garlic in the part of your yard or garden that gets full sun and if possible you will want your soil to be slightly acidic. Dig your garlic bed down to a depth of 8 to 10 inches and add compost as needed to insure that you have a good combination of fertility , good drainage, and moisture retention.
Be sure that you remove all weeds and grass as they will smother your new garlic out quickly if you let them get out of hand. Ideally you will want no weeds or grass in your garlic bed.
You will want to plant your new garlic bulbs 2 inches deep and 5 inches apart with the pointed end pointed up. For the giant elephant garlic variety increase your depth to 3 inches deep and 10 inches apart. Top dress your garlic plants with compost both to keep the weeds and grass out and to retain moisture. Mulch well after the ground freezes to protect your garlic that is growing under the ground.
Remove the mulch in spring after the danger of frost has past and then add back mulch once the garlic starts growing. To insure you have large bulbs of garlic cut back any flowers that develop and spray the young plants with compost tea about once a week for three weeks in the spring after the plants are growing.
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You will want to give your growing garlic plants plenty of water. Wait until the plants turn yellow and fall over before you harvest your garlic bulbs. You can clip garlic leafs at any time to use in your cooking to add a delicious garlic flavor to almost anything you cook or to fresh garden salads.
A Quick Guide To Garlic
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