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How to Grow Garlic

If you’re looking to spice up your sauce, saute mushrooms, or keep vampires at bay, nothing is better than fresh homegrown garlic.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Choose your garlic Choose the type of garlic you’d like to grow. There are two garlic categories, softnecks and hardnecks.
  • Step 2: Prepare the bed Prepare your bed by loosening the soil and adding fertilizer such as compost.
  • Step 3: Plant the cloves Plant as close to the autumnal equinox as possible and plant the cloves, root side down, in 2-inch-deep holes, 8 inches apart from each other.
  • TIP: To protect your crop from fungal diseases and pest infestations, soak each clove in water mixed with 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon liquid seaweed per gallon.
  • Step 4: Mulch Mulch around emerging green shoots them from frost. Keep the soil moist – but not wet – and weed-free.
  • Step 5: Harvest Harvest your garlic when most of the lower leaves have turned brown. Gently dig around the bulb and remove it from the soil.
  • TIP: Don’t wait for all the leaves to be brown – the bulbs will split.
  • Step 6: Store the garlic Store your garlic in a moderately humid area between 50 and 65 degrees. Once you’re ready to dig in, peel back the skin, and enjoy the pungent perfection.
  • FACT: The ingredient in garlic that is responsible for its pungent smell as well as its antibacterial and potential healing properties is called allicin.

You Will Need

  • Garlic cloves
  • Fertilizer
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Liquid seaweed (optional)

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