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All About Garlic

CAN I GROW GARLIC?


Garlic plants require deep, friable, well-drained soil in full sun. Dig plenty of organic matter into the soil before planting.  Plant cloves with the pointed side up. Set them 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart in rows spaced 1 to 2 feet apart. Give the plants extra water during dry periods.
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PLANT HISTORY


Garlic is grown for its large bulbs, which are made up of sections, or "cloves", and have a unique, tangy flavor. This onion family member is nutritious as well a delicious, and is believed to help lower blood pressure.
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SEEDS OR PLANTS?


Garlic is grown not from seed but rather from the cloves. The larger the clove, the larger the bulb it will produce. Elephant garlic produced extra-large cloves in enormous bulbs measuring 2-3 inches long and 4 inches wide. Its flavor is milder than that of standard garlic.
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HARVEST TIPS


Gather garlic when the foliage dies back. Carefully dig the bulbs with a pitchfork, and allow them to cure in a warm, dry place for a week.
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RECIPES & STORAGE


Garlic is prized as a seasoning. Roasted cloves have less bite than raw cloves and may be eaten as a snack or side dish. Harvest and chop leaves and add them to salads, dips, or garlic bread.
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  • Before a hard frost, carefully dig up summer-flowering bulbs such as cannas, dahlias, gladioli, caladiums, tuberous begonias, and tuberoses. Shake off soil, dry them thoroughly, label, and store in a well-ventilated, dry, cool (but not freezing), dark place over the winter. Bulbs can be planted outside in the spring when the weather warms.