Allium sativum
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
Numbers 11:5
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
John 6:43

Cultural Information

TypeEdible Annual
Height18 - 24 inches
Soilvariety of soils, provide good drainage
Exposurefull sun
Leavesmedium green, long, monocot, tubular, several emerge from single bulb

Planting Tips

  • easiest planting is from cloves; beware grocery store cloves may be treated to prevent sprouting so purchase from garden suppliers
  • leave papery skin on individual cloves and plant about 4 inch spacing
  • keep moisture even for uniform bulb formation
  • garlic grows about nine months before harvest
  • harvest when the majority of leaves have withered dried
  • store in a cool, dry place

Garden to Table

  • garlic adds a rich, gripping flavor to savory meats and side dishes
  • saute pressed garlic in olive oil a few moments to fill the kitchen with beckoning aroma
  • roast bulbs in their skins drizzled with olive oil for a smooth, buttery garlic spread and mellowed bite
  • grow softneck garlic for braiding and longer storage period
  • hardneck garlic have fewer, larger cloves so is more enjoyable to cook with - less papery skin peeling - yet storage time is 2-4 months

Additional Resources

See Blog Posts on Garlic
How are we to bear the complaints of those who themselves are challenged to bear the brunt of opposition? filled instead with the pleasing aroma of the Alliums being baked, broiled, braised...drawing all near to the kitchen.
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
John 6:43

Photo Credits

© Dleonis | 2011 Some garlice bulbs with tops on the ground
© 2014 Shelley S. Cramm
© 2014 Shelley S. Cramm
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