Grow Garlic

Now is the time to add garlic to cool-season vegetable gardens. Garlic isn’t stored in the refrigerator because the cool temperatures cause it to sprout. Grow your own by sticking individual cloves, pointed end up, about an inch down in prepared, well-draining soil in a sunny site; it’s that simple. Use seed garlic purchased from seed companies or nurseries since supermarket varieties may have been sprayed to delay or reduce sprouting. Some tried-and-true varieties include “softneck” ‘Silver Rose’ and ‘California Early’, and extra pungent “hardneck” ‘Spanish Roja’ and ‘Music’. Keep soil moist but not wet. When leaf tops fall over in early summer, lift the bulbs from the ground, air dry, trim off roots and foliage and store in a cool place.


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