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Thinking of growing garlic in your garden? You, my friend, are a person after my own heart. Here’s everything you need to know about how to grow garlic.
In my house, garlic is a staple for so many meals. Not only does it add a wonderful flavor to recipes, but it’s a healthy superfood.
It’s packed with vitamins C, B6, manganese, and selenium as well as a good source of antioxidants (I’m looking at you, allicin!).
To top it all off, since it is so flavorful, garlic can be used in place of salt (or at least enable you to cut down on your salt intake), which is a big part of keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level.
Plus it’s low-calorie so adding it to your meals won’t do much to increase your caloric intake.
When it comes to garlic, there’s not much we haven’t tried.
I personally love the mellow flavor and aroma it produces when you roast it in the oven.
You can roast it, grill it and add it to almost everything you cook (we especially love adding roasted garlic to our roast beef and potatoes – yum!)
We slice it up very thin and use just a bit in fresh salads where it adds a wonderful zing!
We pretty much eat it in some form. Every. Single. Day.
Graham loves it so much, he’ll eat it 100% raw! (me – not so much, haha!)
We love garlic so much that we actually started our very own garlic farm where we sell dehydrated garlic, garlic scapes, and garlic salt!
But you don’t have to go as big as we did – you can grow garlic in your backyard for your own personal use. It’s super easy!
And if you use garlic as much as we do, think about the money you’ll save!
How to Grow Garlic – A 4 Part Series
If you’re curious about growing garlic in your backyard, I want to invite you to check out the 4-part series I wrote.
It will teach you everything you need to know about growing garlic, including how to plant it, harvest it, dry it, and store it.
If you’re a complete novice at growing garlic, you should start with part 1. Otherwise, you can skip to whichever part fits your needs best.
Garlic is so easy to grow and it takes up hardly any room at all. It can be grown in a garden, a flowerbed, a container on your deck.
Anywhere you have a spare 6 inches of soil, you can plant, grow and harvest a head of garlic. So make this year the year you start to grow garlic!
Growing Garlic (Planting and Spacing Garlic) – Part 1
In Growing Garlic – Part 1, you’ll learn:
- How much space you need to grow garlic (spoiler: not much!)
- What time of year you should plant your garlic cloves
- How far apart you should plant your garlic cloves
- What to expect as your garlic plants grow
- What to do to get nice, big garlic heads
- My recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Bites (because…yum!)
Ready to get started? Read Growing Garlic – Part 1.
What to do with Garlic Scapes – Part 2
In Growing Garlic – Part 2, you’ll learn how to deal with garlic scapes. They need to be removed, so here’s how to use all those delicious garlic scapes you’ll end up with.
Every year we make Pickled Garlic Scapes! When canned safely and properly, you can keep them on hand for years! They are great in a Caesar or Bloody Mary as a garnish.
Garlic scapes are also great for:
- Grilled meats
- Pesto sauce
- Veggie trays
- Potato salad
- Tuna salad
- Cheese and crackers
Start pickling with Growing Garlic – Part 2.
Harvesting and Curing Garlic – Part 3
Growing Garlic – Part 3 is all about harvesting your garlic. In it you’ll learn:
- How to tell when it’s time to harvest your garlic plants
- The easiest way to get dirt off your garlic plant
- How to bundle and hang your bulbs
- Preventing bacteria from spreading to other bulbs
- How long to hang your bulbs up to dry
- How to get your bed ready for replanting
Learn about harvest in Growing Garlic – Part 3
Sorting Garlic for Eating and Planting- Part 4
Last, but not least, in Growing Garlic – Part 4, you’ll learn:
- How to sort through your garlic cloves
- Choosing which bulbs you will eat
- How to choose which bulbs you will replant in your garden
- My recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Bites (seriously, they are soooo good!!)
Learn how to keep your garlic garden flourishing in Growing Garlic – Part 4
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