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garlicfall.JPGGarlic is a bulb, which is planted in the fall, to be harvested next year on July 1. Garlic is a wonderful addition to your garden, because it is a low-maintenance plant that delivers delicious results.
To plant garlic, separate the heads into individual cloves. There is no need to peel the cloves. Plant each clove one foot apart — and be sure to plant the clove root-down and stem up — about 3 inches deep. Cover with dirt.

Need garlic cloves to plant? We have some extra cloves available that are perfect for planting right now. Stop by Kitchen Conservatory to get some cloves. We always plant hard-neck red German garlic, which is more flavorful and different from the soft-neck garlic heads sold in the supermarket. Or just eat our delicious garlic.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • About 40 cloves of garlic, separated and peeled
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • herb sprigs for garnish

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken and cook until brown on all sides, about 12 minutes total.  Transfer chicken to plate. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic to pan and stir until light brown, about 3-5 minutes. Add wine and herbs; bring to boil. Return browned chicken to pan. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until chicken is cooked through (sauce will not cover chicken), about  additional 20 minutes. Remove the chicken pieces to a serving platter.

Dissolve the corn starch in a 1/4 cup of cold water; stir until there are no lumps.  Slowly add the mixture to the remaining sauce in the pan and bring to a quick boil, when thick remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the softened butter. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper as needed. If the sauce gets too thick, add some chicken stock to thin a bit, readjust seasonings and add a bit more butter. Spoon garlic cloves and sauce around chicken and serve. Garnish with herb sprigs.

5 Comments for “Now is the Time to Plant Garlic: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe”  

  1. Hillary

    Questions – I purchased some of your wonderful garlic over the summer. If you do not have a yard, can you plant garlic in a pot on a patio or deck? When do you harvest the garlic and how do you know when it is ready to harvest? Does one clove of garlic produce one head of garlic? What does the “root” look like? Is it the kind of brown end and the stem is the pointy part of the clove?

  2. Anne

    I do not know of anyone who has successfully grown garlic in containers; each garlic clove needs a lot of space.

    Garlic is harvested on July 1. Close to the date, I start pulling heads to see if the crop is ready to harvest.

    One clove of garlic produces one head.

    Yes, the root end is brown and the stem end is where the green shoot will come out.

    Happy planting!

  3. Sculptress

    I planted garlic last year. There is planting garlic and eating garlic. The kind you buy in the grocery store is JUST for eating. Something about not being fertilized. I planted mine with the pointy side up. A few inches between each. I may have pulled them too early. They were very small and maybe a little mealy due to too much rain and watering. Next time I will plant them farther apart and let them grow a little longer. Was just too hard to wait for the yummy garlic!

  4. CathyV

    I had a random clove of garlic laying around, that we bought from a supermarket. Not sure if it was the organic garlic or not, though I am leading towards not. It had fallen behind something in the kitchen and started to sprout. I put it in water and it grew some roots, so I planted it in a large container by itself. I live in FL, do you think it will possibly grow? And would it do better inside or outside? Thanks for any help!

  5. Anne

    I doubt you will get much from that clove. Frequently, supermarket produce is treated not to sprout, so when you plant a sprouted vegetable, they do not grow well or produce a good crop. Also, garlic requires 8 months to grow. Garlic does not grow well in containers; it needs to be outside.