- Choose- chose what variety you like and want to grow in your garden. You can order them from companies that grow lots of garlic, or you can pick some up from a local gardening center. You would be amazed at the amount of varieties you have to choose from.
- Plant- pull of the separate sections of the bulb and plant the biggest ones. Remember not to over crowd them with other plants or each other Garlic doesn't compete well with other plants and you will end up with small cloves. Plant them a few inches down in the soil. And then unless you live in a very dry, warm area, they most likely wont need water until the next year when the temperatures warm up, and the soil drys out.
- Water- they really do not need a lot of water, but they will not do well if the soil drys out, so just maintain a moist soil for them and they will be happy.
- Harvest- when the outer leaves are dry, they are ready for harvest! In my area this is late June/July time frame. I like to stick a spade quite far below them to loosen up the roots so that you don't damage the cloves. Then knock and brush the extra soil off. Then lay them or hang them to dry out in a dry area with good circulation for a few weeks. I do not ever cut off the stems until I am ready to use it. I bunch them together and hang them down in my fruit room until I am ready to use it, then I just break off the clove I want to use. Storing in a cooler area of the house will preserve them just fine all year until your garlic is ready to harvest. Just remember to save some for planting in the fall for next year. If you plant enough for the whole year, you should never have to buy garlic again!