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Growing Winter Garlic



Diane Zirger

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  • In the fall (approximately the middle of October for cold winter locations, and between November and December for warmer climate) roto-till the depth of the soil 10” deep if possible
  • Plant cloves with pointed ends up 2.5 to 3” deep with 8” separation and 12” between rows
  • Gently rake the area smooth which will fill in the holes
  •  Pile leaves or grass clippings on top of the soil approximately 4” deep to protect the cloves from severe freezing
  • Leave the leaves on top through the spring; the garlic shoots will poke them
  • When a hard stalk comes up from the center of the plant with a bulb forming near the top, cut it off so that all of the energy in the plant goes into the bulb
  • When the garlic leaves turn brown and fall over, harvest the bulbs
  • Using a pitchfork, dig deeply and turn over the soil to reveal the bulbs
  • Gently remove the excess dirt and dry outside in the shade or in a dry location such as a garage floor
  • Rub the remaining dirt off with your fingers; never wash the bulbs with water as this will begin the “driving” of the cloves
  • Store in a cool dry place through the winter for enjoying, and plant the best bulbs in the fall before the ground freezes

Note: Raw garlic has been used by my family for decades to fight disease and heal quickly from illness. When my son was very young and received his MMR shot, he broke out in a severe case of measles to the point where they were in his ears, between his fingers, everywhere. I recalled how his father lost approximately 50% of his hearing from the measles. I remembered my raw garlic, crushed a clove and gave it to him in a spoon full of honey, and he washed it down with a beverage. Within 24 hours almost every single measles spot was gone.

It is my opinion that raw garlic is nature’s penicillin and is a necessity in every home.


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