First of all, know that there are three types of garlic: softneck, hardneck and elephant. As the name suggests, hardneck varieties do better in harsh, northern climates like Colorado. Softneck varieties have a longer shelf life and are what you’re used to seeing in chain grocery stores. They have a longer shelf life, but grow better in mild climates. Elephant garlic is the biggest, yet has the most mild flavor.
Plant garlic before the first hard freeze. Amend the soil with organic compost so the soil remains un-compacted throughout the winter and following summer. Break the bulb into cloves and plant six inches apart in rows eight inches apart. And that's it! Yes, it's really that easy! Now just leave your garden alone and come spring, you will start to see a bit of green push its way up through the dirt.
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