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Growing Garlic: tips & experiences

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Share Your Garlic-Growing Experience

What are your tips, experiences, and questions about growing garlic in your garden, on the homestead?

“Share what you know and learn about what you don’t.”
- Homesteadian.com

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This past spring I tried growing garlic for the first time and it was a failure.
I had sprouted some garlic indoors and then planted it in the garden.
I got nothing.

Fast forward to today (October 31) and I see a row of garlic has spring up. Well, that is exciting. Or is it?

I realized that I know nothing about what to expect for garlic-growing.
I had planted more garlic this fall and it, too, has sprouted and is growing beautifully.

Fall growth: Is this normal? 
Should it have stayed dormant until the spring? 

Thanks in advance for your help, fellow homesteaders.
- Debbie

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I planted garlic a few years ago. Do I know what I’m doing? That’s a big NO but it comes back every year and tastes amazing. 
It comes up in the spring then seems to disappear by August no matter how much I water and tend to it, then comes back up in September. 

Leslie MacLeod

Well that’s interesting Leslie … i guess that is what mine did too, kind of 

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I just read this great blog about growing garlic:
  • A garlic bulb in the ground has a better chance to grow than one in a bag or in the garbage (just plant it) 
  • As long as you can dig into the soil (not frozen solid) you can plant fall garlic
  • Garlic takes about 5-6 months to reach maturity 
  • Garlic ready to harvest when leaves start turning brown (and not just because there is a drought) 
  • Harvest BEFORE 2/3 of leaves are brown so that they store well

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One of my garlic bulbs for tonight’s supper!

Leslie MacLeod

Fresh out of the garden?
It looks magical 

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Yes fresh out of the garden! It smells amazing!

Leslie MacLeod

Next year - next year I am harvesting garlic!!!! 

I hope 

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