How to Grow Garlic
SCAPESCut off scapes when they 1st appear will increade the size of your garlic bulb. This scape has grown to large. Scapes are great to eat and full of flavor.
Why grow garlic? For the home gardeners growing garlic can be quite rewarding. It gives them the opportunity to grow some really great garlic varieties seldom found in grocery stores or at local farmers markets. With very little space in your garden you can grow enough garlic for your family and friends to be self sufficient for most the year.
There are many different kinds of garlic that differ in taste, shape, color, pungency, number of cloves in a bulb and length of storage. This makes growing garlic even more fun by allowing home gardeners to experiment with the different varieties to find the ones that best suits their needs.
Here at A&L Garlic Farms we plant are cloves in early October. Bulbs are broken into cloves a few days before planting. When planting hardneck garlic make sure the top of the clove is up. Plant cloves 5-9 inches apart and approximately 2-4 inches deep. Within 2 weeks your garlic will have started growing its roots. By the middle of June scapes should be growing off the plant and these should be snapped off. When the bottom 1/3 of the garlic plants leaves turn brown it is ready for harvest. Dig one up to be sure and check to see if the garlic has formed wrappers around the individual cloves. Cure garlic in a cool dry area for 4 to six weeks.
Tips for growing great garlic:
1. Only plant healthy garlic cloves. Cloves should be hard and solid with no sign of disease or mold.
2. Take pride in how you prepare the soil. Garlic loves plenty of organic matter.
3. Stay on top of the weeds. You wont get those nice large heads with a weedy garden. Mulch using grass clippings or leaves to help prevent weeds.
4. Remove scapes. Cut off scapes when they 1st appear will increade the size of your garlic bulb.