Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, fight heart disease, boost your immune system, and add a bit of flavor to your meals by growing your own garlic.
Purchase firm healthy bulbs of garlic. Each bulb contains a dozen or more cloves. The larger the clove you plant the bigger the bulb you’ll harvest.
Plant cloves in fall about 6 weeks before the ground freezes in cold climates and early winter in warmer regions. Garlic needs about 6 to 8 weeks of cool temperatures below 40 degrees for the shoot and bulb to develop.
Plant individual cloves about 6 inches apart with the pointed side up and the base of the clove 2 to 3 inches below the soil surface, in a sunny well-drained location.
Mulch the soil with weed-free straw or evergreen boughs after the ground freezes, if you are gardening in an area with cold winters.
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