Garlic needs a nice cold, sleep, to plump up and fill your pantry with dozens of bulbs next summer. It should be available now, in the garden center. Don't wait until you are ready to plant, because the best bulbs will be gone. There are hundreds of wonderful garlic varieties you will probably never get to experience unless you grow them yourself. Here's a sampler with varieties suitable to just about every gardening area.
Growing garlic is so easy, I can't imaging why it's not in everyone's garden. Poke a few cloves in the ground in the fall, and come spring, you can start heating up the olive oil. The only challenge is being patient. Let us know which garlic you like to grow and when you plant it.
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