Fall is garlic planting time and what I like is that garlic is so easy to grow. You can use garlic sets that are available at the garden centre or farmers market, or save a few of your best bulbs from the previous season. It’s best not to plant bulbs from your grocery store as they have often been treated to prevent sprouting.
Find a sunny spot in your garden and plant your garlic bulbs into well-drained soil. The best time to plant garlic is from early autumn through to late autumn. Break apart your bulbs into the individual cloves for planting. The papery outer skin should be undamaged and plant the garlic cloves with the thin tip end at the top.
Plant about 3 inches deep and space the cloves about 6 inches apart. If you are growing multiple rows, space them 1 feet apart. Cover the cloves with soil and tap down lightly, then give them a good watering. Keep them watered until freeze up.
If your winters are harsh you can mulch your rows for winter protection, but be sure to remove this mulch after winter. I always place a tag at the beginning of my rows so I can find them in the spring.
Garlic can develop penicillium mold. The best prevention is to not replant garlic in the same spot each season. A cycle of 4 years works well.
In early spring you should see the start of thin green stems. Harvest in late summer when the leaves start to die back and turn yellow. Dig up the bulbs and dry them in a warm dry spot, out of direct sunlight. Rotate them once in a while allowing for good air circulation. When they are completely dry you can hang them in bunches, store in a net bag or braid them.
Use your garlic to flavour soups, oils, meat, fish and vegetables. Garlic is high in vitamin A, B and C. You will use it often to flavour your Mediterranean dishes.
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