Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Garden Update: Planting Garlic

Garlic in the garden -Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

I'm constantly learning about gardening. To me it's exciting to try new things and to expand my horizon a bit every year.  So I jumped at the chance to go with two great friends to a Garlic seminar at a Herb Farm not too far from us  I'm so glad I did it was so interesting and the recipes were so delicious!  

To tell the truth I never thought about garlic too much except to shake it from the garlic canister.  I hated the way fresh garlic smelled on my hands after I chopped it up. The smell seemed to linger all day. Shaking garlic from the bottle was the way to go for me.  

Then I listened to her speak about garlic and started thinking maybe I should be eating garlic more.  She gave so many health benefits of garlic and the great reasons why you should grow it yourself.   I was hooked. The smell on my hands will be worth it!

So after my husband tilled the garden last week  I got busy and planted my garlic.
Freshly tilled garden-Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

I took the garlic bulb and broke it into cloves.   Then I planted the cloves 4 inches deep and 6 inches apart.  I made sure the pointy side was up.  

Garlic planted in the garden-Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

Now I talked to one of my friends since then and she said to plant it in bunches like tulips. Well I guess I messed up when I didn't take notes!  I quickly did some research (I googled it) and it looks like you can do this either way (a row or in bunches). Whew...I so hated the thought of digging them back up and planting them again.  

Border around garlic-Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

One thing I did do was border my garlic.   I just a little bit terrified of the man who loves to plow!

The man who loves to plow

I bought my garlic right there - she had varieties that were especially for our area.  I bought a bunch of Purple Glazer garlic bulbs and a large garlic bulb called Music. Of course I forgot to mark which one was which....I might have to make a trip back to the herb farm next year for identification!  

I've researched a little more and I've read that you should mulch your garlic in the winter.   I will be raking leaves soon and putting them on top.    

Do you plant garlic in your garden?   Do you mulch your garlic if you grow it?  I would love to hear about it in the comments.  

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