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Plant characteristics

Plant Type:

  • Vegetables
  • Annual

Sunlight Requirements (where to plant related to sun)

  • Full Sun
  • Full Sun or Partially Shade

Soil Type (type of soil plant needs)

  • Soil with Good Drainage
  • Soil with Drainage but Wet

Climate Type (how tollerant is to frost?)

  • Withstands Frost

Fragrant Plant (do flowers have an aroma?)

  • No Fragrant Flowers

Difficulty Level (how hard is to cultivate this plant?)

  • Easy

Showing Season (which months can we sow seeds)

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Planting Season (which months can we plant or transplant)

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How to grow Garlic

It’s a shame to have a garden and not dedicate a plot to grow garlics. Garlic flavors so many dishes and is an integral part of Greek cuisine. Garlic is also recognized as being good for your health. It said to lower blood pressure.

Other names for garlic

Latin name: Allium sativum
Greek name: Σκόρδο (single), Σκόρδα (plural)

Tips for growing garlic

When to sow garlic

There are two periods when we do the sowing of garlic cloves. Autumn and winter. Soil temperatures should be 15 to 26 degrees Celsius.

The most common way to start garlic is by planting garlic cloves directly in the soil. One clove per plant.

Dig a 1.5 cm deep hole and place the garlic clove in it. Place the clove with the top facing up (the root side should be facing down).

The sowing distances should be 10 to 15 cm.

Garlics are slow to grow

Garlic is a slow grower! It can take up to 10 months from sowing time to harvest time.

Each clove will grow into a full garlic with up to 20 cloves. If you sow garlic in the Fall, the garlic root system will begin to grow before Winter arrives. However, it is very likely that the green above-ground part of the garlic will not yet appear.

Remove any weeds that will appear around the garlic. Garlic does not do well with competition from weeds.

Harvesting garlic

Garlic is ready to harvest when the leaves turn brown and dry. Stop watering them a few weeks before harvest.

Once you have taken the garlic out of the soil, you can braid the garlic into braids. Hang the braids in a place away from moisture to dry out. The temperature in the storage area should be about 10 degrees Celsius.

Best soil for garlic

As garlic grows in soil, the soil needs to be soft. Before sowing, dig the soil to a depth of 20 to 30 cm and enrich it with compost.

Garlic irrigation

Water the garlic regularly.

Stop watering a few weeks before harvest.

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