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Growing Garlic

Garlic Planting Guide

Like most bulbs, Garlic should be planted in the fall, it can also be planted in the early spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall is best. Planting in the fall leads to bigger and more flavorful bulbs when you harvest the following summer. It does best in full sun but is tolerant of partial shade. Well-drained loamy soil rich in organic matter is optimal. Raised beds are also a good idea, but not essential. A Soil pH of 5.5 to 7.5 is within acceptable parameters

Hydroponic Garlic. Garlic is easily grown hydroponically, as with anything- there are a few tricks and a few drawbacks. One big drawback to growing garlic in your home is the stench. Garlic has a very strong odor - not just the bulbs , but the plant itself. Grown outdoors, the aroma dissipates into the atmosphere - indoors it permeates a room.

Garlic Problems. Garlic pests and disease can destroy a harvest, at times there are no visible signs until you harvest your garlic bulbs as is the case with some nematodes.

Growing Garlic Greens. Garlic Greens are the immature top growth that pops up shortly after you plant garlic cloves, if left to grow they become scapes. The Greens are used just like chives or scallion greens. Plant garlic cloves indoors in a suitable container with drainage. Depending on how many cloves you anticipate planting should dictate the container sizes and or the amount of containers. It ain't rocket science as some garden gurus like to pretend just use common sense.

Premature Garlic Sprouting - If you planted Garlic early this fall in anticipation of a spring harvest you may have noticed that it has already sprung up. In all but the coldest of regions such as Canada and the very Northernmost USA it will do just fine all winter long. Come the warm weather again in spring, say March or April, it will begin to perk up. Full maturity should be mid to late summer.

Sprouting Garlic for Spring Planting. Garlic is best when planted in the fall, it leads to bigger and more flavorful bulbs when you harvest the following summer. However, if you didn't plant any this past fall and spring is upon us it can still be planted. In fact there is a simple shortcut to sprout your cloves for a spring planting.

Companion Planting with Garlic

Garlic as a Companion Plant. Garlic is an awesome companion plant, it accumulates sulfur, a naturally occurring fungicide which will help in the garden with disease prevention. Garlic also is helpful in pest suppression, it discourages aphids, flea beetle, Japanese beetle, fungus gnats, codling moths, cabbage loopers, ants, snails and spider mites as well as vampires and members of the opposite sex. There is also some proof that it deters mammalian herbivores such as rabbits and deer.

Garlic for Pest Control. Garlic is known to be a useful all natural organic pest control. It doesn't kill the little buggers, it just keeps them away. It's not harmful to other crops or beneficial insects such as pollinating bees or lady bugs. Garlic is a cost effective and fairly simple garden hack for pest control. In addition to inter planting it, there is a simple garlic spray that can be made to keep insects away.

Interplanting Garlic with Tomatoes. Garlic discourages many pests. There is also some proof that it deters mammalian herbivores such as rabbits and deer. Many of these pests plague tomatoes and related crops, so yes inter planting with garlic will be beneficial to your tomato plants. Sulfur released by Garlic helps ward off soil borne pathogens and pests as well.

Garlic grown by Fruit Trees - Garlic has strong anti fungal properties and is effective against many issues that plague fruit trees. Planted near the base of apple trees, garlic protects against apple scab. Planted near the base of peach trees it protects from leaf curls.

Interplanting Blueberries and Garlic - Garlic is a great companion plant, it accumulates sulfur, a naturally occurring fungicide which will help in the garden with disease prevention. Sulfur is also good for lowering the soil pH, normally you would add sulfur or ammonium sulfate to make the soil more acidic for blueberries so Garlic grown with blueberries is helpful in this respect.

Preparing and Preserving Garlic

Braiding Garlic. Garlic can be dry stored in bunches, braiding them together is not only an age old method but also an aesthetically pleasing one. Cloves of garlic or even onions strung together and hanging in clustered braids makes an attractive kitchen accent, it shows the world that your a seasoned cook or at least suggests it.

Garlic Preserved in Wine. ... Peeled garlic cloves submerged in wine and stored in the refrigerator are an awesome mode of preserving garlic as well as making a super healthy drink. Garlic Wine boosts the immune system, purifies the blood, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, eliminates excess body salts, helps prevent heart disease by improving heart function, reduces cholesterol and fights off multiple viruses.

Freezing Garlic. There are several ways Garlic can be frozen. You can simply freeze the whole garlic bulb and remove cloves as needed. Peel and then chop the garlic or even puree it.

Spicy Pickled Garlic Pickled garlic is best used in small quantities a bite here and a nibble there, when properly prepared it's tasty and not over overpoweringly pungent. It shant give you Garlic breath as raw garlic will. It can also be added in with other pickle mixes or used just as raw garlic is, chopped up and added to assorted dishes. This recipes will produce 2 pints. quantities can be increased or reduced exponentially.

Elephant garlic is a perennial related to true garlic, leeks and onions. In appearance it looks like a giant garlic, but is actually more closely related to Leeks. It has broad flat leaves and forms a bulb comprised of relatively large garlic like cloves The bulbs can weigh more than One pound each. In taste it is closer to garlic than leeks, not quite as pungent and strong as garlic, it has a milder softer somewhat sweeter taste. Unlike true Garlic it is edible raw and goes good in a salad.