Gilroy, California is widely known as “The Garlic Capital of the World”. Sadly, much of the garlic on store shelves comes from far off places like China & Argentina. How could this be? One reason is cost. Amazingly, the cost of garlic imported all the way from China is often less than garlic grown in the USA.
Fortunately, more and more people are concerned with quality and not quantity these days. For about $1 – $1.50 a head you can buy local, high quality garlic at farm stands and farmers markets.
For an even great bang for your buck, more convenience and culinary inspiration you can grow your own. It is oh so easy to grow great garlic! With a little planning and some care you can have wonderful, pungent and tasty, fresh garlic. The taste difference will amaze you.
Growing garlic is not just about the prized garlic bulbs. The scapes are edible as well. Check out the video below for tips on how and when to harvest your garlic scapes.
Finally, if you’re convinced you want to grow great garlic than start planning now. Many garlic vendors sell out fast, so start planning your garlic orders for a fall planting. This link offers some more tips on growing your own garlic. Happy garlic gardening!