The garlic, with its aromatic odor and taste characteristic is a food staple in many kitchens of the houses. Although studies are not conclusive, the evidence suggests that garlic is effective in the treatment of heart diseases and colds, and can even help prevent cancer, according to the University of Maryland. Versatile and full of antioxidants, garlic is a perennial that can be easily grown in most gardens relatives in temperate climates. This plant develops in cool climate zones 3-8 by USDA.
How to grow garlic and how long it takes?
- Choose a location that is exposed to the sun all day. Garlic is full sun.
- Grow your garlic in rich soil with good drainage. Amendment floor with 2 pounds (900 grams) of fertilizer (10-10-10) balanced for every 100 square feet (30 square meters) of plantation. Spread it on the spot and then work the soil to a depth of about 6 inches (15 centimeters).
- Individual teeth ground about 4 inches (10 centimeters) away, his neck looking up and covered by one inch (2.5 centimeters) of soil.
- Cover the planting area with 4-6 inches (10-15 centimeters) of manure to help the soil is moist and control the growth of weeds. In the spring, keep an eye out for weeds and eliminate them quickly.
- Keep the soil moist and consistent. Too wet soil will cause bulbs to rot.
- Cut the top in early summer. This is a training round to grow on top of a rigid stem. Cut the top along with several centimeters of the stem to force the bulb to grow bigger.
- Garlic harvest in early summer, when the leaves begin to turn yellowish brown. Gently pull the plant without damaging the bulb. Removes accumulations of dirt, but do not wash the bulb. Put the bulb to dry in a warm shady spot to get some air. When dry in two to three weeks, the upper foliage removed, leaving only the bulb. The total time from planting to harvest autumn to early summer usually takes about 10 months.
Tips & Warnings
- Although garlic is resistant to deer, rabbits and squirrels, gophers love. If you have a problem with gophers, you have to protect your planting site hurdles.
- Garlic grows best when planted in the fall.