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Keep the Vampires Away!

Who doesn’t love garlic? Its robust flavor adds dimension to almost any dish and the best part is – it’s extremely easy to grow! The best, tastiest Garlic comes straight from the garden. Our Softneck California Garlic is known for both its culinary and medicinal aspects, making it a home garden favorite. What is standing between you and freshly grown, flavor-packed garlic? Just a few simple steps!

California Softneck Garlic1. Purchase Garlic Bulbs (Here).

2. Plant – Separate cloves from the bulbs and plant each clove, pointed end up, 4” deep in a sunny spot. Space the cloves 6” apart, with about 12” between each row you plant. The best time to plant is early spring, as soon as the soil is workable.

3. Care – Water, weed, water! Pinch off flowers that emerge. Although pretty, they will steal much-needed energy from the growing bulbs!

4. Enjoy! When the green growth starts to die back (around mid-summer), this means it is time to harvest and start curing. Curing is basically drying the bulbs out – simply place them in a warm, sunny area for several weeks. Once the stalks are dry, cut them off and you are ready to start chopping! Garlic can be stored for a long time in a cool, dry place by roping or hanging in netted bags.

You will enjoy your next garlic-infused dish so much more knowing it came from your own green thumbs!

Happy Gardening!

February 17, 2012 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
Tags:  · Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Vegetable Seeds