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It's time to plant garlic

Plant garlic in fall for an early summer

Plant garlic in fall for an early summer harvest Photo Credit: MorgueFile

Plant separated, unpeeled cloves 2 inches deep in full sun. Position them with their pointed ends facing up, and space 3 to 6 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart. They will remain dormant during winter and send up leaves in early spring.

Garlic bulbs should be ready to harvest in July. Water regularly until about 2 or 3 weeks before you plan to harvest — then stop watering altogether and remove any flowering stalks so the plant can direct all its energy into bulb formation. You’ll know it’s time to harvest when one-half to two-thirds of the leaves have turned yellow or fallen over.

After you’ve dug up the bulbs, place them in a dry, dark place for two weeks to “cure” before consuming or storing.

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