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GROW­ING GAR­LIC

Th­ese pun­gent lit­tle bulbs come in all sorts of tasty op­tions you won’t find in most stores.

1

CHOOSE THE RIGHT VA­RI­ETY

Dif­fer­ent strains and va­ri­eties grow bet­ter in dif­fer­ent cli­mates. Hard­neck Ro­cam­boles, Pur­ple Stripes, and Porce­lains pre­fer cold win­ters; Tur­bans, Asi­at­ics, and Cre­oles like warm cli­mates. Soft­neck Ar­ti­chokes and Sil­ver­skins are the eas­i­est to grow and do well in hot or cold con­di­tions.

2

PLANT IN FALL

De­pend­ing on your cli­mate, plant gar­lic in the spring or fall. Jor­dan plants dur­ing a full moon in Oc­to­ber. “There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about plant­ing cloves by moon­light.”

3

LO­CA­TION

You don’t need a ded­i­cated veg­etable gar­den. Plant in sunny ex­ist­ing beds and bor­ders, and cover soil with mulch.

4

CUT OFF SCAPES

Snip off scapes (on hard­necks) in the spring when the curly stems be­gin to straighten out. This sends more en­ergy (and fla­vor) to the bulbs. You can skip snip­ping if you want a milder fla­vor.

5

HAR­VEST & STORE

Dig up bulbs when the top half of the leaves are brown. The fo­liage can be left on or trimmed off. If you don’t use right away, store in a cool, dark spot. For green gar­lic, har­vest in the spring at any stage once the leaves are lush and full. BHG.com/ Plan­tYourPlate.

ELE­PHANT

GARLI C

Th­ese bulbs have a del­i­cate gar­lic taste and are more closely re­lated to leeks than gar­lic in the al­lium fam­ily.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO RE­MOVE GAR­LIC SMELL? WHY WOULD YOU?

JOR­DAN CLASEN (Ed­i­tor’s note: Fresh le­mon does the trick.)

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