Garlic – Not Just For The Italians

garlic harvest Yes I do know that I have a garlic fetish. But I have a bad feeling that there are some of you out there that are not on my Garlic band Wagon!

For my procrastinating gardening friends. You can still plant garlic for summer harvest. If your soil is not frozen solid. Dig and loosen your soil, till in compost if you have access to compost. Else stir in a little 5-10-5 or similar N-P-K rated fertilized. Plant your garlic cloves, [Don’t laugh, pointed end up] 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep. Measure from the top of your garlic clove. Space cloves about 4 inches apart.
Cover with mulch if you can. Other wise, wash your hands and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Garlic types are either Hard Neck or Soft Neck.
Generally speaking, Hard neck varieties are better suited to be grown in the northern 1/2 of the U.S. Unless you want to harvest ‘garlic ‘scapes’, Soft neck varieties seem to be better suited to the southern 1/2 of the U.S. and seem to store for a longer period of time than hard neck garlic.

Going against what many gardeners say. I have never had any problems planting garlic that I picked up at my supermarket.

Garlic Nutrition :
Raw Garlic – 6 cloves – About Calories: 27
* manganese 15% —– * vitamin B6 13% —– * vitamin C 7%
* copper 6% —– * selenium 5% —– * phosphorus 4%
* calcium 3% —– * vitamin B 13%

There has been many millions of pages written about the good health benefits of garlic. Who am I to go against the opinions of so many expert gardeners and health specialist. A touch of garlic makes everything, except scotch, taste better.

Hint garlic can be harvested at any size. Try fresh young garlic in your recipes for a different and refreshing flavor. * Use tender young garlic tops finely chopped as a garnish to add flavor and color to pasta dishes.

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

I didn’t know this: Elephant garlic is not a true garlic, but actually a variant of the garden leek.

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Why is common sense so uncommon?
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14 responses to “Garlic – Not Just For The Italians

  1. Wow that’s a lot of nice looking garlic!

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    • Thanks for dropping by for a visit and for your comment(s).
      Grin … I wish I could take credit for that garlic crop, but, 😦 it is a photo I found in the www.
      happy Gardening


  2. We use garlic on almost everything and love it. I think I would honestly have a melt down if there were a sudden garlic shortage.


    • Grin … welcome to my world.
      garlic gets a bum rap. So many use and love garlic, but many of the same people won’t admit that in public 🙂

      Happy gardening


  3. I love garlic. Being with Asian origin, no food will not be consumed in our house without garlic. I’m growing Russian garlic that I use for salad and sauce. But I like the little ones better.

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  4. One of my fondest memories memories is of breaking into one uncles house with another. it’s okay we were expected and had a key, but it was a complicated German lock. So everyone was at a show in town. So being tired from traveling we raided the fridge for beer, black bread, cheese and cold cuts. My uncle introduced me to how delicious raw-garlic is just sliced on buttered-bread. This is the hard necked garlic, a little milder then soft-neck garlic. My uncle and I slept in the basement that night. My aunt came to wake us the next morning for breakfast and said the moment she got in the basement an walked up the hall all she could smell was the garlic. Glorious Garlic!

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  5. Great couple of tips, thanks!

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  6. Love garlic! Whenever I leave my store-bought too long and it starts to sprout, into the ground it goes. Yum!

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