The blog consultant guy suggested a few changes. I think his best tip was that I ditch clever titles like ‘Vanquish your Vampires’, and stick to something people might actually search for. So I might go back and change some titles. You may notice other changes as well.
Anyway, back to garlic, I planted mine last week because this is the perfect time to plant garlic in North Alabama. You probably still have time, but if you live in zone 7, hurry up. The first thing I did was get out what we hadn’t eaten from the June harvest. Then I separated the bulbs into cloves and sorted them by size. I only planted the very largest cloves and saved the rest for cooking. This is my third year growing this garlic called ‘Early Italian’, and the bulbs I harvest get bigger each year. You should have seen how puny they were the first year. That’s how garlic is; it takes a while to get used to you and settle in, so you should save some cloves as seed for next year.
I hoed some cow manure and organic fertilizer into one of the raised beds. Most sources say to make a 3 inch deep trench to plant in, but I just wiggled them into the loose soil about 6 inches apart with the pointy end up. Then I mulched them with about an inch of soil conditioner and watered them in. Done. Easy-Peasy.
My brother-in-law buys garlic at the grocery store and has good luck planting it, but most grocery store garlic is treated with something to inhibit growth, and you’re better off buying seed garlic. I suggest you purchase your seed from Territorial Seed. Hurry because they’re sold out of most of the garlic, and it’s time for planting anyway. Territorial Seed is my favorite because they are sending me free garlic seed. The nice lady told me that softneck garlic is better for the South, and they’re sending ‘Chinese Pink’ and ‘Susanville’. She threw in one hardneck ‘Duganski’ just for grins.
I’m conducting a little garlic experiment. I’ve always planted them dry, but this year I soaked about half my cloves in de-chlorinated water for two hours. In spring you can read ‘How to Harvest Garlic’ to see how the experiment turns out and how the new varieties perform.
Note to reader: I was just watering the bed of garlic. Don’t get too excited about this experiment. It may be in trouble already. Apparently one of the dogs doesn’t know a damn thing about scientific procedures. – It was probably Layla. – The idiot walked around the bed in a random pattern that may hinder the cloves planted wet and jeopardize the validity of the experiment. Stupid dog!