|Garlicis a must-have in the urban garden. It’s a must-have in any garden for that matter.
Along with onions, garlic is one of the most used and beloved vegetables and by growing it yourself you will have a new appreciation for the plant and the delicious dishes that you can make from it.
How to Start Garlic
One of the cool things about growing garlic is that you can plant it in fall or spring. A historic tradition dictates that you should plant garlic on the shortest day of the year, but there is not horticultural basis for it. Few garden vegetables are as easy to start growing as garlic. It is really as simple as lightly pressing a garlic clove root-side down into loose, good quality, weed-free soil to a depth of about 2 inches. It enjoys and even thrives in cooler weather, but extreme cold may damage it. Simply protect your garlic with a layer of straw should the weather become extremely cold.
How to Harvest Garlic
Garlic is ready to be harvested when the leaves have turned yellow and begun to fall over. It is best to wait until at least 2/3 of the plant is brown and fallen over before removing the garlic from the ground. You can also cut the tops of the leaves during the growing season and add them to your favorite dishes, just don’t cut more than an inch at a time or you will stunt the growth of the garlic itself.