March 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #99: Grow Your Own Garlic

Tip of the Week

Growing garlic at home is very easy. Clear a small space in your garden or fill a few large pots with compost. Take a head of garlic and separate it into cloves. Push the cloves into the compost, pointy end up, to twice the depth of the height of the clove. Smooth over the compost and water gently. If you planted the garlic in your garden, mark the spot with a few sticks.

In large parts of the northern hemisphere, summer is not long enough to ripen garlic properly. To overcome this handicap, plant your garlic bulbs in late October or November. They can handle the frost and will reward you with full-size, sweet-tasting garlic come June or July.

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