Gardening Tips and Highlights

Grow Great Garlic

Garlic is experiencing a popularity boom among gardeners and cooks, and with good reason. Not only does it add flavor to just about any dish, but it’s also good for you.

Studies have shown that garlic can reduce blood cholesterol levels, and it serves as an antibiotic against certain bacteria and fungi. With around 100 varieties now available, this delicious and adaptable herb can be grown from Florida to Saskatchewan.

Garlic is divided into two types: Hardnecks (Allium sativum var. ophioscordon) and softnecks (Allium sativum var. sativum). These include ten subgroups, from popular Rocamboles and Purple Stripes to Artichokes and Creoles. Individual garden conditions and climates cause garlic flavor, heat intensity, and growth habit to vary somewhat from year to year and garden to garden, especially when you grow garlic from homegrown seed stock.

Garlic isn’t hard to grow if you follow a few simple steps. Here’s how to bring this delectable herb to your garden and your table.

Garlic likes loamy, well-drained soil with a PH of 6.5 to 7.0. Raised beds are ideal, especially in wet climates. Composted manure provides essential nutrients. If possible, incorporate compost into the beds a few weeks before you plant. Fall plantings are more productive.

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