Grow Your Own…Garlic

Garlic from my garden Photo by Paul Goebel

Garlic from my garden
Photo by Paul Goebel

If you cook with garlic you should try growing your own. I started planting it several seasons ago, and enjoy harvesting bulbs each year, and using them in my kitchen!

Here’s a short but informative article from Ward Upham at K-State that can help get you started “growing your own.”

Garlic Planting Time
October is a good time to plant garlic (Allium sativum) if you want large quality cloves next summer. Apply 3 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet and mix into the soil before planting or fertilize according to soil test. Plant individual cloves point up and spaced 6 inches apart and 1 to 2 inches deep. The larger the clove planted, the larger the bulb at harvest. Water in well and mulch with straw to conserve soil warmth and encourage good establishment. Harvest will not occur until next summer.  Test dig when the lower 1/3 of the foliage is yellow.  If the cloves have segmented, it is time to harvest.  If they haven’t segmented, wait another week or two.
Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) should also be planted now. It is a plant with a milder garlic flavor and is actually a closer relative to the leek than to true garlic. (Ward Upham)

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