How to grow garlic from cloves

How to grow garlic from cloves

How to grow garlic from cloves

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    • When should I plant garlic?

    • How to grow garlic from cloves

    • Can I grow garlic from the grocery store?

    • What are the best types of garlic to plant in the south?

    • How to harvest and store garlic

If you’ve never planted garlic in your garden before, you’ve missed it! garlic (Allium sativumIt has been cultivated for centuries and is one of the easiest crops to grow. It’s not difficult, has few pests and diseases, and rabbits and deer tend to ignore it. Simply plant garlic in the fall, then wait until early summer to harvest it.

Garlic is divided into two main types: soft-necked and hard, which have a hard stem, or scape, that grows through the center of the bulb. The scape, which is also edible, is harvested in the spring before the bulb is ready and has a mild garlic flavor. In general, the softneck is the type that does best in the South.

When should I plant garlic?

Garlic needs 6 to 8 weeks of cool weather (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit) to grow properly. This means you need to get it sometime from early October to early December, depending on where you live. In general, it is better to plant later rather than too early.

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Garlic does not like to remain soggy. It does well in well-drained sandy or clay soil, but it can grow in clay as well, if you amend it with an organic material such as compost. You can also grow garlic in pots at least one foot deep, but the bulbs will be small.

Choose a spot in the garden in full sun, that is, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight. Make sure it’s a place not to be disturbed as garlic takes up to 8 months to mature. Dig a hole about 4 to 6 inches deep (shallower for warmer parts of the south, and deeper for cooler areas). Gently loosen the bulb and separate it into strips just before planting, keeping the leafy coverings intact on each lobe.

Place each clove in the hole with the pointed side up, and cover with soil, about 6 to 8 inches apart. Water well after planting, and use bedding to protect the bulbs from cold, retain moisture, and keep weeds out. Do not worry if the garlic sprouts after planting; It will not affect the performance. In the spring, feed it a balanced fertilizer, and water occasionally if it is too dry.

Can I grow garlic from the grocery store?

This is not recommended because most garlic in the supermarket has been processed to prevent sprouting. Often a variety is not suitable for the southern regions. Don’t waste your time and energy. Alternatively, buy “seed stock” from reputable farmers, such as Johnny’s Selected SeedsAnd the Villary Farm or garlic ken.

What are the best types of garlic to plant in the south?

In general, soft garlic such as Inchelium Red, Italian early or late, and California Early are most adaptable to Southern gardens. However, if you are from USDA hardiness zones 7 or colder (search for your zone over here), you can also try solid genres like Chesnok Red, German White, and Music.

How to harvest and store garlic

The garlic is ready sometime from late May to early July, depending on where you live and when you plant. If you plant a hardy variety, cut the scape as it begins to curve downward so the plant puts its energy into developing a larger bulb. Then watch your plants for clues: When about half of the foliage has fallen off and fallen off, you can harvest the bulbs.

Lift the bulbs with a garden fork or a spade, shake off the dirt and allow the bulbs to “cure” out of direct sunlight for several weeks to increase their storage life. When dry, cut the leaves from the neck area. Or when it’s still flexible, weave the 8 to 10 stalks together into a braid.

Store garlic in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard, and it will keep for 6 months. Don’t forget to save some of the best bulbs for planting next year!

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