Planting Garlic, Harvesting Garlic, Storing Garlic and Preserving Garlic
Planting garlic is not rocket science; in fact garlic growing can be quite simple and also a whole lot of fun.
Because of its innumerous health benefits and uses, some people want to know how to grow garlic on their own.
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A note about Planting Garlic, Harvesting Garlic, Storing Garlic and Preserving Garlic
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Did you know that every individual clove of garlic can be grown into a full-blown garlic plant, with a single bulb that contains around 15-20 garlic cloves? Thus, one can just begin with one bulb, and plant garlic in such a way as to have a multiplication effect.
How to Plant Garlic
When it comes to planting garlic, it is, first and foremost, very important to do so in a place where there is adequate sunlight. This is because the garlic plant, like most plants, needs sunlight for its growth and sustenance.
It is also advisable to plant one garlic clove at a time in an upright position at about a good one inch below the surface of the soil. When garlic planting, take care to see that individual cloves are not planted very closed to each other and a minimum gap of about 3-5 inches should help these plants to grow well.
The cloves should be planted individually, upright and about an inch (25 mm) under the soil surface. Plant the cloves about 4 inches (100 mm) apart. Rows should be about 18 inches (450 mm) apart. With adequate sunlight and water, garlic will grow easily, and you will find that planting garlic is not that difficult.
Harvesting Garlic - When to Harvest Garlic
The next big question is, when to harvest garlic? Once the garlic plant has developed and you start seeing signs of the leaves getting a brownish discoloration, it is an indication that it is time for harvesting garlic.
Please note, though, that if garlic is harvested prematurely, the cloves will be tiny and not fleshy. On the other hand, if it is harvested late, the bulb would have burst.
Storing Garlic and Preserving Garlic
Once harvested, it is important to understand the technique of storing garlic and preserving garlic. This, too, is simple, and just involves storing garlic in a cool and dry place. It should not be washed until a week or two after harvesting garlic and until it has dried completely, because it will rot if there is any water content at the harvested stage.
It is also advisable to dust off the dirt and clean just before use instead of while storing.
Thus, as you can see, garlic planting is hardly a difficult exercise, if you have the resources available to you.
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