Garlic time

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Order it now, if you haven’t, and plant before frost. Research hard- or soft-neck to see which sounds best for you. The biggest cloves yield the largest bulbs, so I use the smaller ones for cooking. These (above) are large. I’ll plant them blunt end down, about two inches deep, six inches apart in the row, then cover the bed with maybe 6 inches of compost leaves from last fall. The cloves may peek above the mulch before deep freeze, but that’s fine. 

Organic garlic is so finer-flavored than what you find in the store as to almost be a different vegetable. Same with celery, broccoli, and more. Now just wait for these babies to mature in summer. It’s a ritual in our house, because fine flavors follow.

 

 

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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