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How to Grow Garlic

Watch more Vegetable Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to grow garlic with these easy-to-follow tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Choose your garlic Choose the type of garlic you'd like to grow. There are two garlic categories, softnecks and hardnecks. Step 2: Prepare the bed Prepare your bed by loosening the soil and adding fertilizer such as compost. Step 3: Plant the cloves Plant as close to the autumnal equinox as possible and plant the cloves, root side down, in 2-inch-deep holes, 8 inches apart from each other. Tip To protect your crop from fungal diseases and pest infestations, soak each clove in water mixed with 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon liquid seaweed per gallon. Step 4: Mulch Mulch around emerging green shoots them from frost. Keep the soil moist -- but not wet -- and weed-free. Step 5: Harvest Harvest your garlic when most of the lower leaves have turned brown. Gently dig around the bulb and remove it from the soil. Tip Don't wait for all the leaves to be brown -- the bulbs will split. Step 6: Store the garlic Store your garlic in a moderately humid area between 50 and 65 degrees. Once you're ready to dig in, peel back the skin, and enjoy the pungent perfection. Did You Know? The ingredient in garlic that is responsible for its pungent smell as well as its antibacterial and potential healing properties is called allicin.
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