As we move into "vampire season" (Halloween), it's always a good idea to keep some garlic on hand. And what better way to keep those white fangs at bay with planting and growing your own garlic!
|(photo from www.ase.org)|
Be sure to buy your garlic from a nursery, garden center or local farmers' market. Garlic purchased at the grocery store is generally treated to prevent sprouting, therefore will not sprout in your garden. There are many types of seed garlic available, with different flavors.
|I purchased these garlic heads at the farmers' market. They were $1.50/each.|
Planting garlic could not be easier. Honestly, if you think you have a black thumb, plant some garlic. It's virtually fool-proof. It's quick to get in the ground and very low maintenance.
Dig a trench in your garden or raised bed. The trench can be as long as you want and about 2-3" deep. Garlic is a bulb and will be planted just like tulips or crocus.
|Trench it. Trench it real good.|
|Break apart your garlic head to separate the cloves.|
|Plant pointy end up!|
|The garlic planted in the ground.|
|Drip irrigation over the garlic row.|
|The garlic is bedded in for winter.|
And for some reason, I can't get John Lennon's song "Give Peace a Chance" out of my head as I type this. So.....all I am sayin'.....is give garlic a chance!