We eat fresh organic garlic almost daily and were quite overwhelmed this summer at the price of wholesome organic garlic, locally grown. This really is another of those easy to grow vegetables and well worth the time if you have space in your garden. There is nothing to compare with the fragrance and taste of your own homegrown fresh garlic. In the Pacific Northwest ~ garlic should be planted in October for harvesting the following summer.
Garlic is a low maintenance vegetable due to the fact that it is not readily affected by disease or insects and in fact is known to repel insects. In the Fall nurseries sell the bulbs, or sets, for growing but I have purchased organic Russian Black and other organic garlic varieties which have been divided and planted successfully.
How to plant garlic
- Dig over soil – requires well-drained sunny area with good compost
- Break the cloves from the bulb
- Plant (pointy end up) 2 inches under soil and about 6 inches apart and cover with soil
- Label rows with variety and date planted
- Mulch lightly for the winter
- They should be ready to harvest and dry mid August next year
- Harvest when the tops fall over
- It is easy to plait garlic for storage after drying the bulbs outside in the sun
So there you have it, besides the financial benefits of growing your own garlic, as mentioned, there is absolutely no taste comparison with the imported variety of your own organically grown cloves. Your home-grown garlic is juicy and sweet with a delicate fragrance and simply superior. Your garlic is easy to grow and maintain and you know where it came from ~ very important. Another excellent and easy vegetable to grow!
- Garlic is not really a herb but a member of the onion family
- Known to repel insects from the garden
- Beans don’t like to be planted close to garlic
- Retards the growth of peas when planted nearby
- Likes peppers and is generally beneficial in the home garden
- Over the years I have used a homemade garlic spray for insect control
- Approximately 50 cloves were planted this October, as that is all there is space for in the garden.
- It is well-known, from folk-lore to modern science, that garlic is generally good for your health as an antibiotic and specifically aids in reducing high cholesterol levels
- Hardneck garlic stores well over the winter
Links & References
- Fresh Garlic and the Immune System
- The Postage Stamp Garden by Duane Newcomb, J.P. Tarcher, Inc. 1975
- The Self Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour, Dorling Kindersley, 1978
- Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by Rodale Press, 1977
“There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving.”
Felice Leonardo (Leo) Buscaglia (1924-1998)