5 Simple Steps to Growing Your Own Garlic


What would we do without garlic? This vegetable is used to make all kinds of tasty dishes, thanks to its terrific health benefits. Garlic can also be dried, so you’re able to use it well after it’s picked from the ground. Did you know, though, that growing garlic is easy and inexpensive? Take a look at our steps for harvesting your very own garlic below.

What You Need

–  Garlic Cloves

–  Fertilizer, well- rotted manure or compost

–  Hay, straw, or mulch

–  Watering equipment

What To Do

1. Depending on where you live, find out the right time to plant garlic. Typically, you achieve the best results when you harvest mid-autumn or early spring. While garlic grows well in all kinds of climates, you may run into some problems in areas with high heat, humidity, or lots of rainfall.

2. Choose a planting spot and prepare the soil. Garlic needs plenty of sun to thrive, but it can still develop in areas with partial shade, as long as it’s not for very long during the day or growing season. Make sure that the soil you end up picking is well dug, crumbly, and has good drainage. Many people use compost and manure for this because it adds nutrients to the soil before actually planting the garlic. Generally, clay-based soils are not good for harvesting garlic.

3. Plant garlic cloves into the ground. Carefully break the cloves from a fresh garlic head. If you damage the base, the garlic will not grow. Then, push each clove into the soil. The tips should be pointed upwards, as the cloves are planted about 2 inches deep. For the best growing conditions, harvest the cloves roughly 8 inches apart from one another.

4. Fertilize the planted cloves with mulch. This includes hay, dry leaves, straw, and compost. If you’re planting your garlic in the fall, it’s important that you fertilize again in the spring and vice versa. Water the garlic often, as new plants need to be kept moist to help the roots to develop. When the season starts warming up though, gradually reduce the watering. For the bulbs to mature, they need a hot, dry summer.

5. Loosen the area around each bulb with a shovel. Once you see the leaves turning yellow or brown, the garlic bulbs are ready to be harvested. Using a shovel, pull the bulbs out of the ground. Since garlic tends to bruise easily, be extra careful. Then, wash them and leave to dry in a well-ventilated space for a few days.

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