Growing your own Garlic is very rewarding
By Sherry Stover VCE Southside Master Gardener Garlic is winter hardy, grows easily, and takes up very little space in a garden and grows well in containers. An ancient bulbous vegetable, it grows from a single clove that multiplies in the ground. Most people grow it as an annual. You can have a perennial garlic by harvesting only the big plants and leave behind the small ones as they will regrow every year. Close relatives include onions, shallots, and leeks. Garlic is used for flavoring many recipes and provides healthy benefits for your immune system. Garlic is a forgiving crop, so you can be optimistic about its chances for growth even in an imperfect environment. It should be planted in a warm, full sun spot in fertile, well-drained soil that doesn’t get too wet in winter and not recently used for garlic or other plants from the genus Allium. Hardneck garlic is resistant to frost and even hard freezes if the soil is well-drained. Most varieties actually prefer a cold climate. But if you have soggy soil, the cold winter temperatures will freeze the water causing the garlic to rot as the soil warms in the spring.