Growing garlic in the home garden

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) – Garlic is just one of my wife’s and my beloved additions when cooking. We’ll mince the garlic or push it and sauté it before adding meats or veggies. Aside from having the garlic smell on our palms, we enjoy it.

Historically, garlic was talked about in historic paperwork in Rome and Egypt. In the bible, Numbers chapter 11, the Israelites lamented the lack of garlic, amid other food items, they had while enslaved in Egypt. The very first point out of garlic in The united states is by Peter Martyr, who states that Cortez ate it in Mexico. It was cultivated by the Choctaw Indians prior to 1775 and is stated as a staple yard vegetable by American gardening authors in 1806.

Garlic doesn’t appear as well-liked an merchandise in the East Texas gardens that I have found, but it absolutely can be developed right here. A retired banker that I understood a long time in the past right before he passed away talked about how he required to expand all kinds of garlic in his back garden.

Fall is the time to plant garlic from cloves with an expected harvest the next spring. A long, amazing period crop. Plant every single clove independently, pointed facet up, about 1 inch deep and 3-4 inches aside.

Garlic needs good soil and hates competitiveness from weeds. Plant in very well-drained soil that has tons of natural and organic make a difference. It might not be a very good strategy to expand garlic in standard backyard garden soil. Contemplate lifted beds if your soil drains inadequately.

Be certain to maintain weeds away as it is not as aggressive as other plants. Weeds considerably diminish garlic progress. Mulching is very attractive in a garlic mattress. The use of mulch will hamper weeds, insert to the organic and natural subject in your back garden, and tremendously help garlic generation.

Drinking water 1-2 inches per 7 days. Fertility desires are somewhat small. Garlic only needs some nitrogen fertilizer the moment in the spring when the leaves are about 6-8 inches tall.

If your garlic commences to bud out and bloom, be positive to cut off the buds and any blooms you skip. These flowering buildings are not always the worst factor to occur but rob the bulbs of nutrients.

You will want to harvest when you have 3-5 large business cloves. Garlic can be dried and stored for a extensive time if you dry it comprehensively in a properly-ventilated place to stop rot. Retain at about 75 levels F and absent from any locale with temperature swings.

Some kinds to consider are California Early, California Softneck, French Delicate Silverskin, Mexican Purple, New York White, and the greater-known Elephant garlic. If you do decide to plant Elephant garlic, be certain to room the cloves more apart in the backyard to enable for ample expansion.


Cary Sims is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and purely natural methods for Angelina County. His e-mail tackle is [email protected].