Garlic From Your Garden

By Cindi Sullivan

(LOUISVILLE, September 17th, 2003, 3:30 p.m.) -- When you're cooking dinner, it's nice to have some homegrown herbs at your convenience. In today's Garden Talk, our expert Cindi Sullivan talks about garlic and how easy it is to grow.

Homegrown garlic is dramatically different from the garlic that you buy in packages at your local grocery store. Homegrown garlic cloves are plump and juicy and just bursting with flavor.

Garlic is really easy to grow. Plant individual cloves in late summer or early fall. Garlic likes light soil. The bigger the cloves at planting time, the bigger the bulbs will be at harvest time. Plant the cloves 2-3 inches deep and four inches apart.

Peel off the outer skin layer and Separate the individual cloves from the bulb.

Each individual clove will develop over the winter months, producing a full head of garlic that can be harvested in late June through July. When the leaves start to yellow, you know it's time to harvest.

Look for garlic cloves in the fall at your local garden center at the same time you shop your spring flowering bulbs. Or you can check in your favorite seed catalog for even more choices of varieties.

The major compound in garlic is called "Allicin". Allicin is reported to help reduce high blood pressure and triglycerides-and growing garlic is a great way to keep vampires out of your garden.