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You don't need a vegetable garden to grow your own garlic. A sunny spot among your shrubs or flowers will be fine. And fall is garlic-planting time in Texas.

Find the largest garlic bulbs you can (catalogs, garden centers, even the grocery store). Separate these bulbs into individual cloves leaving their papery shell intact. Then plant the cloves one to two inches deep and two to six inches apart making sure the pointed end is up. In just a couple of weeks the garlic will sprout. Feed occasionally with a high-nitrogen, balanced fertilizer and keep the soil moist. Naturally, the better the soil, the bigger garlic you'll get.

Your garlic will grow through the winter and spring. In late spring when the green tops yellow and fall over it is time to harvest. Carefully dig up these extra-tasty prizes, hang in a well-ventilated, shady spot. Be sure to save a few of the largest bulbs for use as sets the next fall. Enjoy the rest.

Patsy Besch, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

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