How to Grow Garlic
Garlic needs a long growing season. Always use bulbs from a reputable supplier.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Start: Fall
At Their Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 1 hour
- garlic bulbs
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How to Plant
Plant into well-drained soil; for heavy clay, plant into a low ridge of soil. Split the bulb into individual cloves, plant with the point facing up, 4 inches deep, 8 inches apart, and cover with soil.
Harvest and Dry
Garlic is ripe when the leaves turn yellow in summer. Lift the bulbs and hang them to dry. Store individually or braid them together while the stems are dry but flexible. Starting with three bulbs, braid the stems until there's room to add more, then join the new stems to the other strings of the braid. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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