Garlic is a member of the onion family and can be planted in Florida from late fall through early winter.
Garlic doesn't produce seed, so it's propagated by dividing its small white bulbs into individual cloves. Look for soft-necked garlic varieties like Artichoke or Creole that are well suited for Florida gardens.
Water and fertilize your garlic on a regular basis, and then harvest it when about half of the leaves have dried and bent towards the ground.
Put the bulbs in a well-ventilated spot with bright, indirect light for a few days. When they're dry, cut off the leaves and store the bulbs in a cool, dark place until you're ready to cook with them.
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Add Garlic to Your Garden--Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
- Garlic--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)
- Garlic: A Guide--Herb Society of America (PDF)
- Onions, Garlic, and Shallots--Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Onion, Leeks, Shallot, and Garlic--Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension