Nutrition

Nutrition

Based on 1 cup of raw garlic.

Softneck vs. Harneck

Softneck vs. Harneck

There are two different types of garlic, softneck and hardneck. Hardneck can be grown in colder climates while softneck does well in warmer climates. As you can see, the number of cloves is greater in softneck garlic but at a smaller size. They taste the same.

Planting

Planting

Garlic is a bulbed plant. Meaning that the underground area morphs leaves of the plant into the individual cloves. Onions are also bulbs but do not form cloves. When planting, you can plant seed or by clove which is must faster to sprout. Plant the seeds or cloves about 6 inches apart form each other. Garlic will take about 90 days to mature. Make sure to keep weeds down to a minimum and that your soil contains the appropriate amount of sulfur. This is because garlic gets its flavor from sulfur.

Harvest/ Drying

Harvest/ Drying

When air-drying, bulbs should be lifted on a rack off the floor in dry weather and permitted to dry in a warm spot for as long as possible. Then the bulbs should be kept frost free in airy conditions. The traditional method for drying bulbs of garlic is to hang the bulbs in net bags from the ceiling of the potting shed. However, hanging them in the basement or garage serves the same purpose as well. Read more at http://www.vegetable-gardening-online.com/drying-garlic.html

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1 head of garlic 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 pounds potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold or another yellow, waxy potato Salt 1/3 cup cream 3 Tbsp butter read more at http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/garlic_mashed_potatoes/

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