For those who love to eat vegetables from their own gardens, now is the time to plant garlic for a spring and summer harvest. Garlic is easy to grow and nothing tastes better than vegetables and fruit that you grow yourself. All you need is a nice sunny spot and some good soil. It’s best to plant about a month before the ground freezes. For those who live on the west coast or the southern states, autumn is still time to plant garlic. Garlic can be purchased from your local nursery or simply buy a head or two from the grocery store. Garlic purchased from the local grocer or farmer’s market should be organic. If the garlic isn’t organic, it may have been sprayed with insecticides and some of those will prohibit the garlic from germinating and growing. Separate the head of garlic into individual cloves and plant those with the pointy end up. Place each clove in a hole roughly 2 inches beneath the surface of the soil. For those who live in a cold region, cover the cloves with several inches of mulch. After 4-6 weeks the first green shoots will be visible. Once winter sets in, the garlic will stop growing, but the process has begun. When spring arrives, the garlic will begin the growing again. In late spring or early summer, the lower leaves start to die back and the garlic is ready to harvest. There are many varieties of garlic so plant a few different kinds and see which tastes best!
Now’s the Time to Plant Garlic!
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