Garlic - Italian Late

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With the high cost of fruits and vegetables in the grocery store, why not simply grow your own in your own back yard. You'll have much fresher cleaner food to eat, improving your health while saving money on groceries. You are also taking a giant step towards a eco-friendly lifestyle by growing your own produce. It will connect you with your neighbors, and have a positive impact on family life by teaching children about the importance of food quality and production. All while protecting the planet. Or maybe even earn a secondary source of income by selling the fruits of your labor at a farmers market.

About this Variety

Italian Garlic is one of the most sought after spices world-wide. Part of its popularity is that it is more spicy then many other garlic varieties. It also has a strong aroma. They are re-produced by planting small cloves. Native to Italy, an onion genus Allium and a close relative to shallots, leeks and chives. Easy and fun to grow in most home gardens.

Highlights

  • Grow your own fresh fruit!
  • Eat healthier
  • Italian Garlic is the most popular within the garlic world

Exposure:

Full sun

Harvest:

Summer

Height:

Grows 18-24" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 4" apart, 1" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9, Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Break bulbs apart and separate into individual cloves before planting. Plant in well-drained soil that has been loosened. Control weeds around sets with frequent shallow cultivation. Space garden rows 12-24" apart. Plant only deep enough so that the tops of sets are covered with soil. Harvest when fully matured and air dry.

Care Tip

Garlic performs best when planted in light, sandy soil that has been amended with compost or manure. Long days and warm temperatures help in bulb development. Garlic can be kept for 3-6 months if properly dried and stored. Place the bulbs in a well ventilated bag or open container and store in a cool, dry location with little humidity.