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My First Planting of Garlic December 4th. I am not sure if it will even grow. I read many sites on planting garlic. Why not give it a try. I am planting Garlic that I purchased 2 weeks ago while I was shopping for Thanksgiving. I don’t even know what kind I purchased.   I am located in the northern part of Florida. Most websites that I have read said I could plant my garlic now. Planting times could be between the months of November to country where the ground does not freeze solid in the winter, garlic may be planted anytime from October through January. Check with good gardeners in your area for a local planting date. With me I am going to give it a try. I know I do love to cook with garlic. We’ll see. For anyone that lives in Florida and is more experienced with growing Garlic, I am open for suggestions, so please leave a comment to help me out.

This is a picture of softneck garlic. I am not sure to what kind I planted.

Garlic Needs a Fall Start
Garlic may be a little stinker but it grows well in cool-season gardens. Often plantings are started as a curiosity but many gardeners like to keep home grown garlic handy for cooking and to make extracts said to discourage bugs.
Garlic Common and elephant garlic are planted in home gardens. They are normally started from large bulbs obtained form saved crops, food stores or garden centers. Sections of the bulbs called cloves are broken apart for planting.
Sunny sites enriched with organic matter and manure should be prepared and planted during fall. The cloves can be lined out in a row or spaced six inches apart across a wide bed. Planting is easy as each clove is just pushed about 2 inches deep into the loose, well-tilled soil.
Use the following tips to produce a crops that ready to harvest in May.
Keep the soil moist watering every 3 to 4 days.
Feed every other month with a balanced fertilizer.
Control weeds with a thin layer of mulch.
Keep elephant garlic from blooming by removing the flower stalks.
Harvest the bulbs when the stems start to yellow and collapse.

Great Garlic info at these websites:

http://www.betterlawns.com/November03/blg_5a.asp

http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com/growsouth.htm

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