How to Grow, Harvest and Cure Garlic

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.

When Life Hands You Garlic Mustard, Ferment It!

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.

Planting Garlic in Our Fall Front Yard Garden

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!

Harvest Vegetable Soup with Naughty Garlic Bread Recipes

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.

Plant Garlic This Fall

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.

Fermenting Garlic Scapes

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.

Gourmet Garlic: Artichokes

The last of my series of posts discussing the different types of gourmet garlic will explore Artichokes, the giants of the garlic world!

Gourmet Garlic: Turbans

Is your growing season a bit too short for gourmet garlic? Turban garlic cultivars may be the solution!

Gourmet Garlic: Creoles

Originating from Spain, Creole garlics can be difficult to grow but are highly regarded for their delicious taste!

Gourmet Garlic: Asiatics

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!

Steadfast Garlic

Garlic is resilient, easy-to-grow, highly nutritious, and a natural antibiotic.

Gourmet Garlic Curing

Garlic will keep for months if properly cured, allowing you to enjoy it all winter long!

Gourmet Garlic: Harvesting

It's that time of year again! In this post I discuss how and when to harvest your garlic.

Gourmet Garlic: Garlic Scapes

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!

The Versatile Onion Family

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.

What to Do With Garlic Scapes

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.

Gourmet Garlic: Rocamboles

In the second of this series of blog posts, I'll be discussing what are arguably the caviar of the garlic world: Rocamboles!

What is Gourmet Garlic?

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?

Garlic as Medicine

Learn how to take garlic as medicine — garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and immune-booster.

Early Spring Foraging: Garlic Mustard

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!

Gourmet Garlic: Black Garlic

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?

Garlic Oil

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!

Preserving Gourmet Garlic: Dehydration

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!

Get Going With Garlic

Growing garlic is easy if you just know the right time to plant it: in fall, not spring or summer!

Tomato Tastings, Fall Garden Starts, and Getting Ready for 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!

Worm Bins, Coop Door Openers, and Egyptian Onion Giveaway

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

Flywheel Garlic Bearings

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 complete with photos of all the juicy stuff.

Garlic Time!

A brief thesis on the finer properties of garlic and planting instructions.

How to Plant Garlic

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.

PESTO! Full of Flavor

Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!

Grow Red Heirloom Garlic

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.

What Are the Health Benefits of Garlic?

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.

My Love Affair With Garlic(2)

Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.

Herbs from Antiquity, Uses for Today

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.

Why, How and When to Plant Garlic

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.

It's Garlic Scapes Season: Try This

You'll love this recipe from William Woys Weaver for garlic scapes sauteed with tomatoes, white wine and sheep's milk cheese.

Garlic Farming Video

Watch this video of garlic farmer Bob Anderson discussing his love of all things garlic.

Specialty Garlic Restaurants

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.

How to Roast Garlic

Roasting garlic is incredibly easy. And you can use the soft, mild and nutty cloves in so many different ways.

Garlicky Bruschetta Recipe

Bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer, brings out the best of a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and fresh bread.

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Garlic

Making pickles can be time-consuming, but this method for easy garlic pickles couldn't possibly be any easier. Or tastier!

Plant Garlic this Fall

Plan to plant garlic this fall, and enjoy unique varieties and their incredible health benefits.