It’s finally “sweater weather” here in the South, and we are loving it! The leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the air. Time to make soups and chili. And time to get your garlic in the ground. WHAAATTTT???? You’ve never planted garlic? Well, shame on you! It’s easy as pie and sure is special in the late spring when you pull it up, mix it up with your homegrown basil and tomatoes and make a big old batch of pesto. YUM!
Just go and buy a head or two (or more) of garlic, (organic, preferably) and plant it about 2 or 3 inches deep in well-amended soil in full sun. Place the pointy tip up. Cover with good soil and mulch. Come late spring/early summer, the tops (green growth kinda like a scallion top) will start to turn yellow and wilt. when it is 3/4 yellow, pull it up and you’ve got homegrown garlic.
Make sure you water it like you would other flowers or shrubs, and place an organic fertilizer on it in the early spring. If you live in the deep south, plant in jan. or Feb. If you live up north, you’re too late. Bummer!