Since we were in the process of establishing a garden on our northern Utah homestead, we wondered if we could grow garlic ourselves. If the established farmers at the market failed to grow ample bulbs, perhaps the soil or climate forbade it. Still, we decided to try — and we had success growing garlic. Here are our tips for how to grow garlic and all that goes into cultivating a successful harvest.
Garlic mustard is the poster child of invasive species. Brought as a food crop for home gardens by settlers, this is a great wild food to pick with wild abandon. Eat it and ferment it while helping out local ecosystems.
Forward-thinking gardeners are working to develop new varieties of garlic and reverse the effects of thousands of years of cloning.
Now that this couple has moved into their new country home, they take time to plant garlic and a small fall garden in their “front yard.” One small step toward an established homestead, one giant leap for family morale!
The beauty of this soup is it makes use of what ever vegetables you have on hand, is completely vegetarian (unless you want to add chicken or beef), and cooks up pretty quickly. This is a crowd-sized recipe, and I have already cut the recipe in half for you. If you’re feeding two armies, by all means double it.
As your summer crops wane, no doubt you are planting cover crops in their space, but leave room for garlic! Plant it this fall, mulch, and harvest in early summer.
Garlic scapes, the young flower stems of the garlic plant, have delightful flavor and can be preserved through lactic-acid fermentation in pickles, a convenient flavor paste, or as an ingredient to kraut or kimchi.
Rethinking a garden bed - from problematic to perfect for garlic.
White rot is an invasive fungus that every garlic grower needs to be aware of!
The last of my series of posts discussing the different types of gourmet garlic will explore Artichokes, the giants of the garlic world!
Silverskins are an ideal garlic for braiding and long-term storage!
Is your growing season a bit too short for gourmet garlic? Turban garlic cultivars may be the solution!
Originating from Spain, Creole garlics can be difficult to grow but are highly regarded for their delicious taste!
Fall is the time to plant garlic. The cloves send down roots during the winter, popping their green heads out in early spring.
Asiatic garlic cultivars may be difficult to find, but their great taste and easy-growing nature make them a great choice for garlic lovers and growers alike!
Garlic is resilient, easy-to-grow, highly nutritious, and a natural antibiotic.
Garlic will keep for months if properly cured, allowing you to enjoy it all winter long!
Your gourmet garlic bulbs are finally out of the ground. Now it's time to prep them for curing!
It's that time of year again! In this post I discuss how and when to harvest your garlic.
Introducing glazed purple stripes, the beauty queens of the garlic world!
In this post, I'll be discussing the Marbled Purple Stripe garlic variety, also known as the 'everyman' of the garlic world!
Garlic scape season is nearly here. Learn how and when to cut the scapes to maximize the size of your gourmet garlic bulbs, and also how to use them as a delicious and versatile vegetable!
Discover how to grow various members of the onion family: bulb onions and scallions, leeks, garlic, ramps, shallots, and chives. Each one has different requirements and habits, yet all are rewarding for organic gardeners.
Ever wondered what ancient garlic tasted like? Try a Purple Stripe cultivar!
Learn what to do when you spot garlic scapes growing on hardneck garlic types, and discover how to use garlic scapes that you remove from plants.
Do you eat garlic for its health benefits? Choose a Porcelain cultivar for maximum impact!
In the second of this series of blog posts, I'll be discussing what are arguably the caviar of the garlic world: Rocamboles!
Gourmet garlic can be roughly separated into two categories: hardneck and softneck. This post discusses some of the differences between them.
Often at a farmers market you'll see garlic designated as 'gourmet.' But what does this mean? Is it a marketing gimmick? Or is there actually something special behind the name?
Learn how to take garlic as medicine — garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and immune-booster.
Garlic mustard has spicy, delicious leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots. It is an invasive species that may be harvested without sustainability concerns. In fact, you'll be doing your environment a favor if you eat this plant!
In the last few years, gourmet black garlic has become an in-demand culinary ingredient. But what exactly is it? And what can you do with it?
If you eat raw garlic for its health benefits but find it difficult to consume, garlic oil can be an effective alternative. You can even make it at home!
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
During the coldest months of winter, field garlic is still ready to be harvested. Even when the ground is too frozen for digging up the savory bulbs, the leaves can be used like chives.
Another easy way to enjoy the fresh taste of gourmet garlic year-round is with these convenient cubes!
Learn how to dehydrate gourmet garlic so you can enjoy it year-round.It takes only a few simple steps to turn fat, juicy bulbs into crunchy, golden chips!
The fifth and final post in the series on Growing Gourmet Garlic, which discusses how to space, plant, and mulch over your cloves.
The fourth blog of the series Growing Gourmet Garlic discusses the separation of the bulbs into cloves, and how to select which cloves to plant. Time to get cracking!
The third blog of the series Growing Gourmet Garlic discusses when to plant your garlic and how to prepare your soil.
The second blog of the series Growing Gourmet Garlic discusses choosing which bulbs to use for planting stock.
This is the first in a 5-part series of blogs on the process and issues involved in plating gourmet garlic. Part 1 discusses options for acquiring seed and also provides information regarding calculating the amount of seed required.
Growing garlic is easy if you just know the right time to plant it: in fall, not spring or summer!
Making garlic powder is easy, and a good way to preserve a crop of split garlic.
Learn what to do when you come across onion flowers and garlic flowers in your garden.
Deciding which vegetables to grow can be an important step for any gardener. It is efficient to fill the space that you have with vegetables that keep for the longest periods of time, which can also mean a lot to the bottom line of any garden.
Description of garlic planting on a two-year cycle: from tiny topset bulblets, to large single bulbs, to large heads.
Musings on growing and eating garlic, and why you should "Never Eat Your Seed Garlic"!
Come rejoice in the bounty of heirloom tomatoes - experience the flavors and choose your favorites at tomato tastings throughout the Southeast. Plus, it's time to plant fall alliums - garlic and perennial onions - and fall crops for winter storage!
It's an aromatic time of year at Sunflower Farm - time to clean the garlic!
Building the Cadillac of worm bins, a new barn door, testing the new garlic curing rack, harvesting big potato onions, mulching blueberries, and fabricating a low budget easy to build automatic chicken coop door opener and closer from easy find parts
Crushing a truck, harvesting garlic, and fixing a broken flywheel shaft key are just a few of the things that got done over the last week at WaldenEffect.org complete with photos of all the juicy stuff.
This blog post describes the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff's afternoon spent harvesting their homegrown garlic.
A brief thesis on the finer properties of garlic and planting instructions.
The Garlic Gurus at Seeds from Italy give you the scoop on growing your own garlic. This post answers questions of when and where to grow garlic, what varieties to grow, how much to grow, where to buy garlic, and how much to plant.
Cam enjoyed another week with some volunteer helpers!
Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!
Read this excerpt about growing red heirloom garlic from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in medicinal plants, places garlic among the best all-around plant medicines in the world. Learn about the host of ailments garlic can alleviate and prevent, and discover some of the added health perks of this flavorful, folklore-infused herb.
Do you know the best time to plant garlic? Try planting in fall instead of spring for healthy, large garlic bulbs.
Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
It's fall, time for fall garden clean up and planting garlic for next summer's harvest.
Many of the herbs used for beauty and health today have been tested and tried over centuries. A new article by James A. Duke, Ph.D., discusses the history and uses of flax, myrrh and others.
Garlic is one of the easiest plants you can grow, and fall is the time for planting. Here are a few resources to help you get started.
You'll love this recipe from William Woys Weaver for garlic scapes sauteed with tomatoes, white wine and sheep's milk cheese.
Watch this video of garlic farmer Bob Anderson discussing his love of all things garlic.
If you're the type that enjoys a good garlic appetizer, garlicky salad, garlic entree, garlic beverage, and maybe even a garlic dessert, you'll want to find time to visit the world's best garlic restaurants.
Find garlic seed stock for growing garlic.
Roasting garlic is incredibly easy. And you can use the soft, mild and nutty cloves in so many different ways.
This roasted garlic guacamole is loved even by those who claim to hate garlic, onions and avocados!
Making pickles can be time-consuming, but this method for easy garlic pickles couldn't possibly be any easier. Or tastier!
Bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer, brings out the best of a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and fresh bread.
Plan to plant garlic this fall, and enjoy unique varieties and their incredible health benefits.