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Growing Garlic


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Where to Plant Garlic

Garlic prefers a sunny location with at least 6 hours of sun a day, but can grow with as little as 4 hours of sun.

Types of Garlic

Garlic is classified as either hardneck or softneck.

When to Plant Garlic

  • Hardneck garlic requires a longer chilling period and is usually planted in the fall.
  • Softneck does not need as long a cooling period and can be planted in the spring.
  • Both are ready to harvest by mid to late July.

Planting Garlic and Soil Requirements

  • Garlic likes moist, well-drained soil. Extended dry spells may result in smaller bulb size at harvest.
  • Each garlic bulb is made up of several cloves. Plant the individual cloves, pointed end up, 3 inches deep, and 3-4 inches apart.
  • Fertilize every 3 weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Hardneck garlic will produce flower stalks (scapes) which should be cut off when they appear. This will help to increase the size of the bulb. (The scapes are edible; they can be chopped and used like garlic).

Harvesting and Storing Garlic

  • Garlic is ready to harvest when the leaves start to turn brown.
  • Stop watering several days before harvest to allow the soil to dry out, then dig the garlic and cure it in a warm, ventilated, area for about 2 weeks.
  • Once it has dried, trim the leaves and roots about 1 inch from the bulb and store in a cool, dark space, such as a basement or unheated closet.

 

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