5 Reasons You Should Grow Garlic


5 Reasons to Grow Garlic

When you first start a vegetable garden its easy to think about what you want to grow – tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce – the basics for a summer salad.  But as you get more into gardening, you’ll begin to look around the grocery store and realize there is so much more you could grow at home to provide for yourself!   

You’ll also realize that your garden isn’t just a one-season opportunity.  You can add row covers for season extension and even plant crops in the fall that will over-winter and provide for you the next spring and summer.  Garlic is one of those season-crossing opportunities, and it’s a crop that is a must-do for anyone who has a year-round garden space available.   

Why grow garlic?  I can’t really think of a reason why NOT to, but here are five reasons to add it to your rotation:

Timing – garlic is planted in the fall after most of your other veggies have been harvested (depending on your growing season, with some exceptions for warmer climates). Balance out your to-do list by getting this task done when you don’t have a ton of other seeds and seedlings to plant.  You’ll be happy come spring when the garlic pops up all by itself and you don’t have to put it on your spring to-do list! 

Check out this garlic growing guide from Charlie Nardozzi for more tips on planting.

10/13/2018 7:54:52 PM

I planted Sicilian (Siciliano) garlic last year at this time. Before harvest time we had a few days with sustained winds that blew the garlic tops over at the soil line, so they turned out small this year. In November, I'll plant in Grow Bags and move them if I receive any inclement weather. Live and learn.

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