Garlic — A Low Maintenance Crop

| 5/12/2017 11:41:00 AM

Faithful HomesteaderI am learning all about gardening from my husband. He is the gardener in the family, but I have been doing a few things around the garden over the years. I have a learner’s mindset and want to learn as much as I can about a variety of things. Previously, I planted some crops when my husband’s back was turned.

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Last fall I planted some garlic and this week I started harvesting it. It is kind of cool to see it all full circle.

The garlic was low-maintenance. It does well in our loose and sandy soil because it doesn’t restrict bulb growth. I put it in the ground, and mid-season my husband put compost on it and watered it once. Other than that, we just let it go.

My husband did take advantage of the henbit that grows in abundance in the yard. We use it as a living ground cover. When it gets hot, it dies and provides a mulch type cover. The seeds from the henbit fall right in place for the next year.

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