Garlic has a distinct pungent flavor that adds great depth to almost any dish. Regular garlic users should consider growing it themselves. A single bulb of garlic can produce up to 20 cloves that grow into new garlic plants, making it a self-sustaining food. Garlic is best when planted in late fall after the harvesting season for summer plants. This plant does well in almost all types of soil and is a natural repellent to certain insects. Once the clove is planted, it requires very little maintenance until harvesting season.
Choose a spot in your garden with fertile soil and full sun exposure.
Dig a hole 1 inch deep with a garden shovel. Space each plant 4 inches apart if you want to plant more than one clove.
Peel off the skin from the garlic clove. Place the garlic clove in the hole with the pointed side facing up. Fill in the hole with soil.
Water the garlic daily to keep the soil moist. Cease watering when the ground freezes over.
Resume watering the clove plant when spring comes and the ground thaws. Keep the soil damp but never soggy.