Garlic is my favorite plant to grow because it is so easy and so good for you! We eat a bulb a day of garlic and I like to know where my food is coming from; don't you? So why not grow this medicinal root at home. The majority of garlic being sold in the US is grown in China. Although it is categorized as Organic once it is tested upon arrival in the US, it is still grown in a non-conscious manner. The pollution is so awful in China that they are finding it seeping into the food supply and there have been high levels of Heavy Metals detected in most foods grown in China. Plant your garlic in the fall. The bigger the garlic cloves you plant the bigger the garlic bulbs produced.
Garlic is Great For:
How to Grow Garlic:
To grow Garlic, you plant the cloves of each bulb. Each clove makes an entire new bulb. The largest cloves usually make the largest garlic bulbs. Place the cloves in a hole in the dirt with root end down and cover with soil. Make sure area gets sun. A shoot will sprout and usually 5 leaves will grow. Watering an inch or so a week. When half of the leaves turn yellow it is time to harvest the garlic. Carefully dig up each bulb, do not pull as it might break from the stalk.
Garlic can be planted throughout the garden as it helps deter unwanted garden pests, such as aphids. Garlic accumulates sulfur, a naturally occurring fungicide that helps protects plants from diseases. Garlic can be planted with all fruit trees, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, kale, broccoli and cauliflower.
Every time we eat a bulb of garlic I put a few of the cloves in our garden. This picture on the left is of my garlic box. I have planted approximately 5 bulbs in this box and I will probably get to harvest 60 + bulbs. I have garlic planted in all the different boxes in our garden to keep pests away too.
Growing garlic makes me so happy. I am growing medicine for my family from the Earth! You should try too. As you can tell you need hardly any space to grow garlic, you can even plant a clove in a pot. Get planting and growing your own food!
XOXO Earthie Mama