The confusing thing about growing them, however, is that many magazines say that they are ready to harvest after flowering. In actual fact, I find that when the stem wilts, it's time. (The same can be true for potatoes.)
Check out these beauties from my veggie garden, harvested this week.
- Garlic loves well rotted cow manure and lime.
- The perfect garlic has a shade of purple.
- Keep well watered and in a sunny position.
- Excellent for growing in pots.
- Don't be scared to use a lot of cloves of SLICED garlic in recipes, as they are a lot less pungent than the minced garlic (as commonly used in garlic bread).
- Never buy a pure white garlic; they have been bleached
(imported from poor sanitary conditions in such places as China or Mexico)
- Buy in season for LOCALLY grown garlic at your Fruit 'n' Veg store.
- YES, you CAN grow your own garlic from the Fruit 'n' Veg as long as it has the slight purple colouring. Organic is the best choice.
- Remember to HANG your garlics to dry. Do not leave them on a surface to dry as their moisture tends to pool. Use their own stalks for tying together, or use natural twine.
- Suitable for storing.