I love garlic. And here in Dallas, the planting season is upon us. Soil preparation is key. If you have clay-based soil, which is the norm in North Texas, you’ll need to amend your soil. Garlic likes rich, well-drained soil but will tolerate and adapt to many soil types but it is difficult to grow garlic without rot problems in tight soils or clay soils with poor drainage. The two varieties recommended for Texas by The AgriLife Extension Service are Texas White or Elephant Giant garlic. But there are many, many varieties of garlic and the best thing to do if you’re interested in growing your own garlic is to talk to one of the specialty garlic resources and ask for their recommendations. Three good online sources for garlic are Gourmet Garlic Gardens, in Bangs, TX, Filaree Garlic Farm in Okanogan, WA and Hood River Garlic in Hood River, OR. All of these sites have additional information for aspiring growers.