Garlic is now back in stock and shipping just in time for Fall planting! There are so many benefits of growing garlic in your garden. During this time especially, the antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are one of the top benefits. The antibacterial properties of garlic can reduce the number of colds you get and help in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections, asthma and shortness of breath. Garlic helps with bacterial, fungal, worm, yeast, viral infections, and can help prevent food poisoning when it kills bacteria, like E. coli and salmonella.
In your garden, garlic deters pests including aphids, spider mites, Japanese beetles, snails, fruit tree borers, and so much more! Moles, voles, rabbits, deer, and mice are even deterred by the smell of garlic!
What variety should I grow?
First, decide if you should grow hardneck or softneck garlic. The "neck" refers to the stalk that grows up from the center of the bulb. Hardnecks are rigid while softnecks can be braided at maturity. Hardnecks are recommended if you live in Northeastern US and Canada. Softnecks are recommended if you live in milder climates. Then you will want to decide on flavor whether you like mild, complex, or spicy garlic. It is up to your personal preference! Garlic is so easy to grow we promise you will want to grow it every year!
How do I plant garlic?
Planting garlic is simple. You break off all of the cloves from the garlic bulb. You then place them with the roots (hard bottom) facing down towards the ground and pointy top towards the surface. You will want to plant them in a hole about 2 inches deep and about 4-6 inches apart in rows. Make sure to plant them in the compost/soil below the wood chips. The wood chip mulch (about 4-6 inches thick) will aid in retaining moisture and keep the ground insulated during winter.