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Old 05-05-2013, 06:52 AM
 
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Walk out your backdoor......take a trowel with you.....dig up a patch of dirt, and push those little individual cloves of garlic into the ground....cover with dirt and go back in the house and get a couple of margaritas and get ready to watch your garlic grow.

Before long you won't have to worry about buying too much garlic, you will have tons of really tasty garlic right outside your backdoor. This fall plant some more and next year your garlic will be even bigger bulbs.

By the way, keep on drinking margaritas .....especially when you eat food you have cooked using your own home grown garlic.
That is a great idea!
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:00 AM
 
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Ok, so my brain doesn't always get used the way it should but here is my story.

I love garlic, we use it daily and I like the bulbs, no other way. Well, about a week ago I was shopping and grabbed one of those mesh stockings with 3 bulbs. That was fine: yes, I had about 3 bulbs at home but I could always use more. Then Wednesday, I was at Sams and it was so cheap, I bought the huge mesh stocking. I had a coupon for a home delivery of organic veggies I had purchased for less than 1/2 price and it was expiring so I ordered on line. That was a few weeks ago and delivery was this past Thursday. Of course I forgot everything I ordered or some of it. I knew I ordered fresh beets and leeks, but I couldn't remember what else. You can probably guess what was on the list: Yep, more garlic. So now, I have, sitting on my counter 32 bulbs of garlic. Can someone give me some ideas what to do with them. Oh, one more thing, I did the same with mushrooms, but not quite as bad. Any suggestions for them as well?
The answer is YES! I have done similar things. For some reason, one item on my mental list will keep popping in my head so that it does not matter that I JUST bought balsamic vinegar - I will pick it up on the next few trips to the grocery store. Conversely, my mind will hold onto the idea that I have a reserve in the basement so that I won't buy something we have been out of for weeks.

When I lived overseas, we frequently had an excess of items like garlic and I found the easiest and best tasting way to save it was to freeze it. I either roasted it first or just pureed it in olive oil and froze it in ice cube trays. I don't think the taste suffered at all with these methods.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Absolutely. I've made a mental note to buy something, but then I forget that I already did.
I would roast a big pan of that garlic. Cut off the top of the bulb, drizzle with oil and bake until soft. Squeeze the "meat" out and serve with any number of things. I bet a small container would last a week or so in the fridge.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Walk out your backdoor......take a trowel with you.....dig up a patch of dirt, and push those little individual cloves of garlic into the ground....cover with dirt and go back in the house and get a couple of margaritas and get ready to watch your garlic grow.

Before long you won't have to worry about buying too much garlic, you will have tons of really tasty garlic right outside your backdoor. This fall plant some more and next year your garlic will be even bigger bulbs.

By the way, keep on drinking margaritas .....especially when you eat food you have cooked using your own home grown garlic.
wow, that sounds great...Do I put the entire bulbs in the ground, do I take them apart and just use the cloves and do I skin them first? I guess you know what I will be doing this pm>>>
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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On eating garlic, I don't eat much of it...and work with people who do...one woman has horrible garlic breath, she brings her dinner leftovers for lunch, and smells reeking of garlic.

So, maintain breath mints, oral hygiene program if you eat a lot of garlic, and excellent body awareness of hygiene...you may not notice it, but others do.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:25 PM
 
Location: New York
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I'm planning to visit a tropical country this year. Maybe Thailand or Philippines. I'll be going on a food trip and I heard there's a lot of street foods there. Wanna taste it.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:04 AM
 
Location: NC
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I'm planning to visit a tropical country this year. Maybe Thailand or Philippines. I'll be going on a food trip and I heard there's a lot of street foods there. Wanna taste it.

That sounds like an awesome idea! If you go, be sure and let us know and post photos.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Central Midwest
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wow, that sounds great...Do I put the entire bulbs in the ground, do I take them apart and just use the cloves and do I skin them first? I guess you know what I will be doing this pm>>>

Nita...take the bulb apart and plant each little clove. Make sure to plant the bottom of the clove downward....it's usually a little flat and easily recognizable. Yoiu don't have to skin them!! The garlic you plant this spring might not be really large.....but if you plant garlic in the fall the bulbs next year will be nice and big.

Once the garlic plants start to die back (usually in the late summer to early fall) it's time to dig your garlic. tie a bunch of cloves with with a string (up and down the string) and let it dry.....this will also keep vampires away.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Nita...take the bulb apart and plant each little clove. Make sure to plant the bottom of the clove downward....it's usually a little flat and easily recognizable. Yoiu don't have to skin them!! The garlic you plant this spring might not be really large.....but if you plant garlic in the fall the bulbs next year will be nice and big.

Once the garlic plants start to die back (usually in the late summer to early fall) it's time to dig your garlic. tie a bunch of cloves with with a string (up and down the string) and let it dry.....this will also keep vampires away.
I am really worried about the vampires so I will do my best. Thanks for clarifying how to plant the garlic. I am going to get busy right now...

Nita
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I planted a bunch of garlic in the Fall of 2011 which resulted in a bumper crop last Summer.
Make sure you plant the garlic in an area that drains well - I planted some in a wet area and they didn't do well at all.
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