It's Garlic Time!




This is the time of the year to plant garlic if you want to enjoy fresh garlic next year. Planting garlic is probably one of the easiest plants to grow. Just buy fresh garlic. The bigger the cloves, the bigger your garlic heads will be next year. Make sure the garlic is in good condition. Clean the garlic of the excess skin and break the cloves apart.

Dig a hole in the dirt about a thumb deep. Plant a garlic clove, stem end first, pointy end up and cover with dirt. Plant cloves about 6 inches apart. You can throw some mulch on them. We haven't had to plant much garlic in the past few years because our "original" head we planted years ago, is still producing plenty of garlic. We have a full jar of cleaned cloves in the fridge. More fresh garlic braided and not too mention pickled garlic. We just pull every other or every third plant out to use each summer. The rest just keep getting bigger and multiplying.

To get more information, head over to this short article for Lehman's Country Life.

Now, head to the grocery store, grab some big heads of garlic and plant the biggest cloves in some pots or in your garden soon!



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7 comments :

  1. You have a very informative post. I know now where to come if I need help on things. I enjoyed reading all the great, cheap ways to use just plain solutions. I read on down on some other post for your suggestions. Great post and thanks for dropping by my place.

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  2. I just planted garlic too! I discovered planting grocery store garlic a couple of years ago when some garlic sprouted in the fridge and I just planted it. It didn't really do well the first year but was great the 2nd year. But then I dug it all up, dried it with my onions and prepared to braid it. But when I opened the first clove, I found that it and all the others had molded. Any tips there?

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  3. hey, cool! i'm gonna do this this weekend.

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  4. Hi Diann! Oh, I didn't know how to grow garlic. I wish I had a place to grow some. Our back yard is very small! I have cleaned cloves and places them in olive oil and kept them in the fridge and used them when I wanted. Made some wonderful flavorful olive oil too! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    I think your blog dress is so cute! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. Hi Diann, It's just me...

    I don't know if Marti reads follow up comments or not, but if so, she should know that garlic mold is caused by excessive moisture.

    The two most common causes of mold are watering too much in the 2 weeks right before picking it. (The ground should be allowed to dry completey before you dig your garlic.) Ans not curing long enough or in a dry enough place. Moisture trapped inside the skins will cause mold, especially if the temperature is between 65 and 85 degrees, so garlic needs to be dried thoroughly and completely before storing it.

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  6. I'm not sure this works in zone 4 but it would be fun to try. I have garlic chives and I love them.
    Thanks
    Kathy

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