Garlic is one of the few crops that never fails me. I’ve grown it for several years and always end up with a great harvest. It’s a good thing, too, because we LOVE garlic. If you have a little patch of sunny garden, give it a try! Here’s how easy it is.
Just push into the soil and presto! Perfectly spaced planting holes, about three inches deep and three inches apart. If you don’t have a plantermajigger, poke holes in the soil with a pencil or stick.
Now it’s time to prep your seed garlic. I like the different varieties at Filaree Farm, but you can use organic garlic from the farmers’ market too. Don’t use the kind at the grocery store, because it’s usually sprayed with chemicals and stuff that keeps it from sprouting. This is Chesnok Red and Basque Turban.
There they are, all lined up and ready to grow. Spread soil over, pat down gently, and wait. I like to give them a drink of diluted kelp fertilizer to start ‘em off right.
Why on earth would we do that? If you’ve ever had garlic sprout on your counter, you know it will grow under the toughest conditions. The straw insulates the ground, keeps the soil moist, and prevents the weeds from growing. The garlic will go right through the straw and the weeds won’t!
The garlic will grow all through the winter and spring and will be ready to harvest in June or July. Here’s to another great crop!
This wisdom and more available in Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for Organic Gardeners and Small Farmers.
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