Garlic is quite easy to grow and yummy to enjoy. The time to plant garlic is fall. Here’s how!
Garlic is a counter-intuitive crop. Plant in the fall, harvest scapes in early summer and bulbs in late summer.
- Start by selecting the largest and cleanest cloves from your seed garlic or last year’s crop
- Avoid planting small or damaged cloves, as you ‘reap what you sow’
- Dig a hole 1-2” deep, add a mixture of soil and compost. Garlic is a “heavy feeder” crop which thrives on compost
- Plant in 4-6” rows, 2” apart
- Plant cloves “pointy side up” or ‘roots down’
- Fill hole
- Add 6” of mulch
- Straw, leaves and bark mulch are all effective materials for mulch
- Harvest garlic scapes in early summer
- Harvest your garlic bulbs in late summer and fall
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