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GARLIC
A GATEWAY CROP TO GARDENING
 

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Here’s how YOU can start growing your own garlic too...

 

October to November: 

  • Buy porcelain or rocambole garlic bulbs from a local farmers market (both kinds grow well in this area)

  • Break apart bulbs into separate cloves

  • Plant each clove pointy side up 2 inches deep and 8” apart in all directions in a VERY SUNNY spot

  • Optional: Fertilize your bed with alfalfa or soybean meal (1.5 oz per 4’x8' bed)

  • Highly recommended: Mulch your garlic bed with 4-8 inches of straw, chopped leaves/grass clippings


March to May:

  • Cut off the scapes while still tender (and can be snapped off with your fingers)

  • Keep that garlic bed free of weeds!


Late-June to mid-July:

  • Keep weeding until harvest

  • When a few of the leaves are yellow, dig up your bulbs carefully

  • Knock off dirt gently but don’t wash to avoid spreading disease

  • Trim off roots and top growth

  • Dry in breezy space sheltered from rain and direct sun


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