If you love fresh garlic in soups, stews and stir-fry dishes, but have never experienced growing your own, you are missing out. Garlic is one of the easiest and most rewarding veggies an urban gardener can grow. Here are the key tips you need to know to before planting your very first garlic crop!
To get started:
Choose good-quality, organic seed bulbs.
A few days before planting, break apart each bulb to separate the cloves. Keep the papery husk around each clove. FYI – one clove yields a bulb with several cloves.
Garlic grows well in ground and in containers, so you choose where you want to grow them!
Plant garlic about a month before the first freeze in your area.
Plant individual cloves root side down and pointy end up; ~4-6 inches deep and 2 inches apart.
Mark where you planted the garlic bulbs and jot down the variety.
When temperatures begin to warm in spring, watch for new shoots to emerge from the soil.
Prepare for a delicious harvest of homegrown garlic by summer!
Give it a shot!