Here is a concise primer on growing garlic that covers varieties, how and when to plant, pest prevention, and harvesting and storage.
Your reward for growing garlic is the world of flavors that await in every bulb! Garlic’s taste has several dimensions that come alive depending on how the plant is cooked. Shown here, from left to right, are braided softneck garlic, fresh elephant garlic, and purple stripe hardneck garlic.
ILLUSTRATION: KEITH WARD
Wait until just before planting to break your garlic bulbs into cloves. One pound of cured bulbs will split into about 50 individual cloves, which is enough to plant a 25-foot-long double row.