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The simple little clove of garlic can make such a big impact on a recipe.  It's so



easy to grow, even in a small space.  I grow two kinds, a hardneck and a



softneck (considered a braiding garlic).  I have saved garlic bulbs for



planting for years and since have lost the names, but there are several great



companies that can provide valuable information on the varieties and what



to plant in your time zone (source).  

As you can see crosssection of the garlic bulb above, there are many sizes of



cloves contained in it.  The larger cloves are the best ones to plant.

Tips for Growing

•  Plant in the fall.  This is suggested for all garlic because they need the cold to

   produce the best bulbs.


•  Get your garlic cloves from a good source.  I found that out the hard way.  

•  Make sure to plant root side down.  That is one of the biggest mistakes so



   plant with the pointed side up.

•  Plant the largest cloves first.  Most garlic bulbs will have a combination of



   small and large cloves; the largest cloves produce  the best bulbs.

•  In my zone, I plant about 2-inches deep.  I then cover with several inches of



   straw.  Sometimes I will use pine straw if I have it.  

•  Make sure the soil isn't too wet or too dry.  Both of those conditions will



   reduce the yield.

•  Harvest at the right time.  The lower third of the leaves will have turned



   brown.  It takes a couple of months to cure properly.  I lay mine on a wire rack

   in a protected porch that gets cross ventilation.

The rules say to plant in the fall and I did in



the big garden, but since I had some



healthy cloves that I wasn't going to use,



I decided to put some in my planting bags



I did not take out the used soil, I just mixed



in some compost and natural fertilizer. 



My hand dibbler  made the holes easily.   



After coving the bulbs, I put a thick layer



of straw on top.  Now I'll wait and see



what happens.

A cross section of a garlic bulb that shows the size of the cloves inside.
Bulbs og garlic that have been properly cured.
Planting bag with garlic covered with straw.
The best garlic slicer from OXO.
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