Garlic is a common seasoning in many recipes. This vegetable produces a group of cloves encased in a sheath. When planting separate the cloves; the larger outer ones are the best for seeding.
Botanical Family - Alliaceae/Onion Family
Location - Sunny, dry
Soil - pH 6.0-6.8, add compost or manure before planting.
Soil Preparation - Dig in compost or manure and soil fertilizers in the spring when growth starts.
Seed Info -
- Seed Spacing - 3 rows/30 inch bed; 12 inches apart; 2 inches deep
- Days to Maturity - Several months usually ready in late June the following year.
Planting times - Sow direct in October through to January, may be planted in the early spring depending on the variety.
Planting Instruction - Place clove pointed end down; do not skin clove. Cut flower stalks (also know as scapes) to keep energy in the bulb,usually in June. The scapes can be cooked or eaten raw just like the clove.
- Positive affect: carrot, tomato
- Negative affect: bean, pea, strawberry
Watering - Rarely have to water unless May and June are unusually dry.
Weeding - Keep weed free
Disease & Insects - Very few diseases, us crop rotation and destroy any plants that are diseased.
Harvest - Pull the whole plant when tops begin to die back. Let plants dry in the sun for 3-4 days (bringing them indoors at night). Cut off the tops to about 1 inch or braid them. Clean them up a bit by cutting off most of the root from the bottom of the bulb. Clean off any dirt that may be on them.
Storage - Store in paper bags or boxes. Do not wash before storing.
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