Growing Garlic

September 23rd, 2019

On this week’s episode of Down The Garden Path, Joanne and Matthew talk discuss tips and tricks for successfully growing garlic in your garden.

A species in the onion genus, Allium, garlic’s close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. Garlic is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran and is a common seasoning found across the globe.

Cultivated for over 5,000 years, with approximately 1,000 cultivars worldwide, garlic’s most popular cultivars are usually the ones that are most suitable to the area they are grown in and are enjoyed by local cuisine.

Did you know you can easily grow your own garlic? Or that fall is the best time to plant it? After teasing you about it a few times in earlier episodes, this week we take a deeper look at how to plant, grow, care for and harvest this culinary staple.

In this week’s episode, we discuss growing garlic and review:

  • the difference between hardneck and softneck garlic
  • the best time to plant your crop
  • how and with what to fertilize
  • when and how to harvest, cure and store!

Join us to learn more and visit the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario for some interesting garlic facts. Some you may know, some that may just surprise you!


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