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How to Plant Garlic in 3 Easy Steps!
Do you love garlic? Learn how to plant garlic in 3 easy steps. You can grow your own garlic with little to no effort in a very small space or in a couple of acres.
Softneck types grow best where winters are mild, though some tolerate cold to Zone 5. Most varieties do not produce scapes (edible curled flower stalks), but softnecks are great for braiding. Sub-types include Creole, artichoke and many Asian varieties.
Hardneck types adapt to cold winter climates, and all produce delicious curled scapes in early summer. Popular sub-types include porcelain, purple stripe and rocambole varieties.
Elephant garlic produces a large, mild-flavored bulb comprised of four to six big cloves. Closely related to leeks, elephant garlic is hardy to Zone 5 if given deep winter mulch.
Garlic takes roughly 9 months to mature. To plant, buy a seed bulb online or from a local nursery or farm. Garlic bought from a grocery store may have been treated with a growth inhibitor and will not reproduce a bulb. Garlic likes the full sun and loose, well-drained soil.
- In areas that get a hard frost, plant garlic 6 to 8 weeks before the frost.
- Break apart cloves from bulb a few days before planting, but keep the papery husk on each individual clove.
How to Plant Garlic- Step # 1
Separate all the cloves from the bulb with leaving the skin in tact.
How to Plant Garlic- Step # 2
Place cloves with the pointy part up and the root side (the bigger side) down.
Plant the individual cloves in a sunny location about 6″ deep and 4-6″ apart.
How to Plant Garlic- Step # 3
- Cover the planted cloves with mulch and add organic compost.
- Water deeply the first two weeks and keep watered on a regular basis until first frost if planting in Fall or until weather warms if planting in Spring.
As the garlic grows, cut the scapes that grow so the garlic can concentrate on producing a large bulb and not the flowers (softneck varieties tend not to flower).
You’re garlic is ready to harvest when the 2/3 of the stalk starts to turn brown. Dig from soil, set out to cure for a couple of weeks and enjoy!
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