I'm a longtime gardener and suggest growing garlic. It's one of the easiest things for me to grow. I'm not sure of the timing for planting anywhere else, but here in So. New England we plant ~Columbus Day and harvest ~end of July.
It's been a "set it and forget" crop for me. Basically, you remove the individual cloves from the bulb and plant them root side down (pointy side up) about 2" deep, 6" apart, in rows ~12" apart, mulch w/ straw ~6" deep, water, and wait.
In the spring I spray it w/ some liquid nitrogen when the foliage is ~8" high. That's it, other than watering if nature doesn't provide.
Like anything else, homegrown garlic tastes 50x better than store-bought!
Weber kettle farmer, rotis., 18.5 WSM, WGA, Brinkmann (nee OK Joe) Cimarron stickburner
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