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Thursday, October 15, 2015

I Have My Garlic Bulbs!

My son is so awesome! He brought us home a bag of garlic bulbs.

I plan on doing half of them indoors. When you do grow them indoors , you have to have them in at least 6" pots , so they have room to develop. They also need a very sunny spot.

Planting them outside...Garlic can be planted in rows 18" apart or in beds. Dig a shallow trough in the soil, plant the cloves two inches deep and four inches apart--pointed end up--and cover with soil. Water the bulbs just after planting. Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil moist but not wet.

Add a two inch layer of straw mulch after the cloves have taken root and the plants are about six inches tall. The mulch will help conserve water and protect the roots during the hotter days of summer.

Harvest the garlic when the leaves turn yellow and brown as they dry. Use a shovel to loosen the soil around the plants. Pull the bulbs from the soil, shaking off any loose dirt. Store the bulbs by hanging then by the tops or placing them on a table in a cool, dry place.

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