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Break garlic heads apart and plant individual cloves

Growing Garlic – Plant it and Forget It!  

If you want a crop that you can plant over the winter time and forget about til spring, garlic is the crop for you!   In my opinion, garlic is just about the easiest thing you can grow in your garden.

A cold weather lover, garlic can be planted a few weeks before the first frost date in the fall/winter.  Throw a layer of leaves or straw over it and it’s ready to harvest about 6 months after planting.  Seriously, folks, that’s it.

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Garlic shoots emerging through soil

In a cold winter climate, it will go dormant in the cold weather.  When spring comes, you’ll see signs of life as green shoots make their way though the soil.  If you live in a warm winter climate, like I do, you will see green shoots about 2 weeks after planting, and it will grow all winter long.  Garlic grows a new head from each clove that you plant and will be ready to harvest in about 6 months.  Individual garlic cloves can be planted from organic garlic heads that you can buy at any grocery store – couldn’t be simpler!

If you’ve never had homegrown garlic, boy, oh boy, are you in for a treat.  It’s so much more aromatic, and flavorful than store bought.  I love the nutty flavor of roasted garlic, the garlicky taste of homemade garden fresh tomato marinara sauce with garlic.  How about garden fresh veggies with garlic grilled to perfection?  My mouth is literally watering as I write this!

Garlic is well suited to growing in a container on a deck or patio, so if space is your issue, it’s the crop for you!   Watch my YouTube video “Growing Garlic in Containers” for the step by step instructions..

Are you growing garlic?  What is your favorite garlic recipe?  Comment below – I’d love to hear from you!

See you in the garden,

CaliKim

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