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All About Garlic

By wildflowers
October 5, 2011

Garlic is one of my favorite flavorings to use in the kitchen and one of the easiest of all the herbs to grow in the garden. If you absolutely love the smell and flavor of fresh garlic, or have ever considered growing your own garlic, this fall would be a really good time to plant some cloves. It takes little effort to grow them yourself and you will be rewarded with juicy and flavorsome bulbs.

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Name: Rebecca Gardner
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Oct 4, 2011 7:22 PM CST
I really enjoyed reading this. Each year I think I will grow garlic then forget about it. Your article came in time I think I just may do it this year. If so, I have you to thank for it!!
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wildflowers
Oct 5, 2011 5:30 AM CST
Hi Rebecca,

Thank you. You still have time so I hope you do, even if it's just a small plot. I think you get enough rain your way that once you put the cloves in the ground, you're done!! So easy - except the waiting!
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Oct 5, 2011 7:04 AM CST
Thank you for a wonderful article Christine.
I hope it will inspire many people to try it, it is a lot of fun.
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wildflowers
Oct 5, 2011 7:42 AM CST
Thank you Josephine! You are my inspiration! Big Grin

I will be adding some elephant garlic to the plot this time too!!
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MaryE
Oct 5, 2011 9:00 AM CST
Thank you, Christine. I'm just now venturing into growing garlic to sell. Yesterday I recieved my elephant garlic from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply. My neighbor who grows to sell at farmer's markets buys his seed garlic from them. They have a good selection of varieties to order, and I found that the price was much better than those in another catalog. The order was packed nicely, the bulbs are all firm and BIG, and they shipped my order the same day which I did not expect as it was not a special rush order. I hope to get it planted by the end of the week. Then comes the hard part, waiting!
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Mindy03
Oct 5, 2011 2:02 PM CST
Great article Christine. I just re-planted my garlic around my rose bush.
It's a great honey bee plant.
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wildflowers
Oct 5, 2011 2:54 PM CST
Thank you Margaret. You wouldn't think of the honey bees liking garlic, but they do!! Big Grin

Mary, thank you for the info too! Thumbs up
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Mindy03
Oct 5, 2011 5:13 PM CST
Honey bees like all members of the family garlic belongs to. I actually like the garlic flowers even if I don;t care much for garlic.
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magga
Oct 6, 2011 7:04 PM CST
Thank you Christine for a wonderful article I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. . Two weeks ago I planted garlic for the first time.
I took two garlics from my fridge and planted the cloves in my potato patch. I like garlic a lot Lovey dubby and after reading your article I realized that I have to plant many more so tomorrow I´m going to the gardening store to buy some more garlic to grow.
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Oct 7, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Magga, thank you so much! I'm smiling right now as I read your post about needing to grow more garlic! Smiling More is better!! Lovey dubby
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fiwit
Mar 6, 2013 7:46 AM CST
I"m so glad this popped up as a random idea today, because I kept meaning to search for it. I have some grocery store garlic that sprouted, so I popped the entire bulb into a pot with another plant. I realize it's technically too late now, but I'm going to move it to where my rosebush is, and separate the cloves. If it grows, fantastic! If it doesn't, there's always next fall. Hilarious!
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wildflowers
Mar 6, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Good idea, Mary. The root may not get real big, but it should grow. Tis the season for nature to sprout! Thumbs up

and your roses will like it.

Much of the garlic I planted this last fall is starting to grow green shoots up.

My favorite from last year was a garlic called "Cheznok Red" which had such a nice flavor.
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fiwit
Mar 6, 2013 8:15 AM CST
I just replanted it around the rose bush. I left 2-3 cloves together. It had a very nice root system already started, so apparently it liked the pot I had shoved it into. Thumbs up

There's another one sprouting on my counter, so I'll plant it, too.
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