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Grow Garlic This Fall For Your Taste Buds — And Health

It’s garlic time! Garlic is an unusual plant in that it is planted and harvested at the same time of the year. Many communities have garlic festivals in the early fall. They are festive events where you can learn about garlic growing, braiding, storage and use. Garlic festivals provide terrific opportunities to experience wonderful foods featuring garlic and to learn about using garlic for health.

Garlic Growing Basics

Fall is the best time to plant garlic. There are three main types of garlic: elephant, soft-necked, and hard-necked varieties. If you plan to grow garlic for winter storage next year, select a hard-necked variety. Each kind of garlic has its own flavor and benefits. All may be grown following the instructions below.

Plant garlic now and it will be ready for harvesting next summer and fall. Garlic may be grown in most climates. If you live in a frost-free area, chill the garlic for a few weeks prior to planting it.
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German Extra Hardy

A very sturdy plant with an extremely strong root system.

German Extra Hardy, known for its vigor, has a white outer parchment and reddish-tinged cloves. And while it loves northern winters, it grows well in Zones 3 – 9. It also stores well.

Each one-pound package of German Extra Hardy comes with 6 – 8 bulbs that contain about four to seven cloves per bulb. This means that you could harvest up to 45 bulbs of garlic next spring!

German Extra Hardy isn’t just great in the garden, though. It’s absolutely delicious in any dish you could ever cook up. This robust tasting garlic is the perfect addition in soups, pasta dishes, stews, chowders, or any recipe that calls for garlic. (By the way, to get the maximum health benefits of the garlic, wait until the last few minutes of cooking to add it to your dish. This will ensure that its health-promoting compounds stay active. Garlic has been used in the healing traditions of countless cultures for thousands of years. )

Year-after-year this is one of the best performing garlic varieties. Strong garlic flavor when raw that turns sweet when cooked, German Extra Hardy garlic- it even has a rich, sweet and caramely when it is roasted.

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This classic herb has thousands of uses in the kitchen.

The aroma and flavor of cilantro is truly one-of-a-kind. And it’s so simple to grow! Cilantro is a cool weather herb. No herb garden should be without it in the spring and fall.

Use the plant foliage as well as the seed (this part is technically called coriander) for culinary purposes. Add a sprig of cilantro to your soups or chili. Grace your Mexican, Caribbean, or Asian dishes with a generous helping of chopped cilantro leaves. And, no homemade salsa is complete without fresh cilantro!

Can be grown indoors year-round under the right conditions. In zones 8 and up, it may be grown outdoors during the winter months.

Sow directly outdoors for best results and use succession planting every 1-2 weeks for optimal yields. Grow in full sun to partial shade.

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