Do you like fresh garlic? If you do, now is the time to get your garlic-growing plan ready. In New England, the planting season starts in early-October. However, you will want to make sure you have your bulbs ready.
If you have never planted garlic before, it is quite simple:
- Separate the bulb into cloves
- Bury them no more than six inches deep. Make sure they are at least four inches apart from each other.
- Around late-November, put a mulch covering on the planting to protect them during the winter. When the weather warms up, remove the mulch.
- When the garlic grows scapes (flower stalks that grow miniature bulbs), remove the scapes.
- Be sure to keep the soil fertile during this growing season.
- By mid-summer, the garlic will be ready for harvest. The fading of the green leaves is a good indicator. Carefully dig the bulbs out and let them dry in an area away from the sun (like a cellar or a shed). Once they have dried (at least one week), cut the tops and clean off the remaining soil.
Like that, you have fresh garlic!
BTW - be sure to look up recipes that utilize those scapes. Here is a link with six delicious recipes.