“Since garlic then hath powers to save from death, bear with it though it makes unsavory breath.” – Salerno Regimen of Health.
I finally got our garlic in today, but still need to mulch. planted 2 1/2 lbs total.
The health benefits of garlic are vast. Boosts immune systems, lowers blood pressure, and has antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
Want to know how and why? Check out this page:
Garlic Health Benefits
It also tastes delicious!
If you are interested in planting garlic, now is the time. In the southeast, Garlic planting time is between Halloween and Christmas.
Can you plant grocery store garlic?
The answer is, You don't know what you'll get. Grocery store garlic is often treated to prevent sprouting. Which may be a problem for you, when you are hoping to sprout it in the ground! It also may not be the best variety to grow in your area.
Invest in some good seed garlic. It is pricey, but you will have a better chance of getting a good crop and being able to save your own seed garlic for next year!
We chose to get seed Garlic from Sow True Seeds. They are out of Asheville and have good information and varieties specific to our area (the Southeast).
We chose three varieties (2 soft neck and 1 hardneck).
You want your soil to be tilled deeply, bedded, crumbly, and soft. I pulled up the plastic on one of our beds near the strawberries, it is some of the softest soil on the farm.
Plant cloves with the pointed end up about 2 inches deep and 5 inches apart.
Fertilizer your soil with granular fertilizer or compost. Mulch heavily with straw for the winter.
Happy Garlic Planting!
“The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don’t do it unless you’re willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.” – Jim Harrison