If you enjoy cooking, you might find that you're reaching for garlic most of the times that you get out your cutting board and chopping knife. While grocery store garlic is convenient to buy, many stores don't sell the organic variety of this strong-flavored relative to the onion. Given that it's ideal to eat as much organic produce as possible to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides, it's worthwhile to make the effort to grow your own garlic. You'll always have some bulbs within easy reach in your garden, and provided you buy from a reputable seller that carries organic garlic seeds, you'll know that what you're eating is good for you. You can read the specifics of growing garlic on the packages of the seeds you buy -- and here are some additional tips for being successful.
Make Sure The Area Gets The Full Sun
Garlic thrives when it grows in a sunny area. Even if your climate isn't overly hot, you can still enjoy plump garlic bulbs by making sure that the area in which you grow the garlic gets direct sunlight for part of the day. If you're not an avid gardener and don't already know this information, keep an eye on your yard at several points throughout the day so that you'll know the best spot to plant the seeds.
Don't Over-Water The Seeds
One of the easiest elements of growing garlic is that they don't require a significant amount of care once they're planted. With the exception of needing water if the climate goes through a long dry spell and the earth is dry and cracked, you shouldn't need to water the seeds -- the water the seeds get from the rain should be enough. Keep an eye on the soil in your garden and don't water unless you've gone a long period without rain.
Harvest The Scapes When They're Ready
Before your garlic bulbs are ready, you'll notice that the stalks of the plants have long, curly growths. Known as "scapes," these are actually seed pods -- and make a delicious snack that will tide you over until the garlic is ready to be pulled. Trim the scapes off the plant, remove the seed pods (and save the seeds to plant in the future) and toss the scapes into salads, stir-fry dishes and other things that require a garlicky taste. Beyond enjoying the taste of the scapes, removing them will actually help the bulbs get plumper.
For more information, contact Keene Garlic or a similar company.