Gardening: Growing Garlic

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Botanical name:  Allium sativum

Growing Garlic Organic Gardening Fact Sheet





Planting time: SP, FA
Seeds per ounce: 12 cloves
Ounces per square foot: 3.2
Minimum legal germination rate: -
Germination type: Long Germination


Growing Garlic is not difficult to grow. Garlic prefers full sun and well drained soil. It's very tolerant to soil types, but it prefers soils with high organic content.

The flowing text is taken from "True Seeds in Garlic"  by Rina Kamenetsky:

"Scientists believe that the wild relatives of garlic were widely dispersed in Central Asia about 10,000 years ago. Semi-nomadic tribes cultivated this plant as food condiment and medicinal plants. From Central Asia, garlic was introduced into the Mediterranean basin, India and China. There is evidence that garlic has been in use in China and India for more than 5,000 years and in Egypt since before 2,000 BCE. European traders facilitated its further distribution, and, from the Mediterranean region, garlic was introduced into sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas by explorers and colonists. Today garlic is known only as a cultivated plant, and its wild relatives are not to be found."

During its cultivation history in different regions, garlic was adapted to various climates and selected for cold resistance, bigger bulbs, or higher pungency. In order to obtain a larger bulb, flower stalks were often removed or clones with reduced flowering potential were selected. Thus, the thousands of years of active selection by man resulted in the loss of garlic fertility, and today garlic varieties are completely
sterile. They don't produce seeds and are propagated only vegetatively. In modern garlic varieties, the presence of vegetative topsets (bulblets), which develop in garlic inflorescence...


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By Organic Garden Info| August 18, 2010
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