Garlic: Easy Growing and Storing

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Are you interested in growing garlic in your own garden? If so, you have made a very beneficial choice!

 Growing garlic is easy and fun! You do not need to have a green thumb to perfectly grow them. Also, garlic can grow in most conditions – cold or hot weather and it does not need much pampering, and it requires very little maintenance.

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Another good thing about growing garlic is that you get to eat what you cultivate – your very own home-grown garlic crop, and save quite a bit of money because buying organic garlic in the market is really expensive!

You need to have…

 Before planting your garlic, you should have the following materials ready:

  • Garlic bulbs
  • Garden Spade and Trowel
  • Pruner
  • Fertilizer
  • Compost
  • Containers – Pots or Flower Bed

Choose among the garlic varieties!

  • Softneck. This is usually white-skinned which can be found in most supermarkets. Softneck garlic is the easiest to cultivate and it grows in warm weather. Also, this variety has the distinctive garlic flavor that you may want to add as a spice in your food!
  • Hardneck. This garlic variety produces less cloves and its storage time is lesser than softneck. Most gardeners favor this variety because of the scapes it produces.
  • Elephant. This produces large cloves and has milder flavor than softneck and hardneck varieties of garlic.

How to plant garlic?

Here are the steps you should follow in order to produce garlic.

  1. Remove the outer covering from the entire bulb, making sure that each clove you separate will not be damaged. Among those cloves, choose the largest cloves for planting.
  2. Work on your soil – must be 10 inches deep. Make sure that you add organic matter and fertilizer so that the soil becomes rich and fertile and to facilitate easy drainage.
  3. Place the cloves two inches deep from the surface and four inches apart.
  4. Expose the cloves on 6 hours direct sunlight each day. Sunlight facilitates fast growing large cloves of garlic.
  5. Water it regularly and pluck out any weeds that may show up.

 Here is a video about planting garlic. Enjoy!

How to store garlic?

After you have harvested your fully grown garlic, you should wash properly its bulb and roots. Afterwards, let it dry in a well-ventilated and moisture free area for a week.

Once they are dry, break off the roots and rub off the outer covering. Then, you can store them in paper bags or egg cartons; just make sure that there is little light and plenty of dry air to keep them from sprouting.

 


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