5 Easy Steps To Plant Garlic In The Garden
Fall is the perfect time to plant garlic. I want to share with you garlic planting directions in five easy steps.
A few weekends ago my family and I were visiting friends and we ventured to the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival.
We couldn’t walk away with out a few bulbs of garlic to plant when we got home. I have never grown garlic before and had always wanted too. I had a wonderful lesson from one of the vendors and I am passing along my knowledge to you! While I was there I was taught 5 steps to plant garlic.
Garlic needs to be panted in the fall. Think about it. Garlic is a BULB. Bulbs are planed in the fall. This was a HUGE DUH moment for me!
Two weeks ago my dad was at my house and brought his tiller and turned under the garden. I had also cleaned out the chicken coop so the garden is now full of good natural fertilizer.
My vendor marked my hard neck garlic with initials of the variety of garlic each bulb.
Garlic Planting Directions:
Step 1. Separate your garlic bulb into cloves.
This particular bulb yielded 8 possibly 9 cloves.
The hard neck stalk can be seen as the white stick looking piece above the cloves. The 3 cloves on the lower right were too small to plant. They will be used in cooking this week! Waste not, want not.
Here is a single clove of garlic. The shoot at the top will push through the soil and the root end is on the bottom. This should be planted root side down in a hole in the ground.
Check out the size of the Susanville garlic cloves! It was a big bulb that yielded only 6 cloves but look at the size of the cloves. I planted all 6 hoping they all were big enough to reproduce.
Step 2. Poke holes in the loose soil 4 inches deep. One technique was to use a tomato stake and plunge it in the ground 4 inches and wiggle it to open the hole.
Another technique is to make a 4″ mark on a PVC pipe.
Pound it into the earth to the mark on the pole.
Step 3. Continue making holes in a straight line, 5 inches apart.
Step 4. Drop the clove in the hole with the root side down.
Step 5. Rake the holes closed.
Not a required step but mark WHERE you garlic is planted. Also make note of what variety is in which row.
In a few weeks the garlic will throw up a shoot and I will have an idea of how many bulbs I will be harvesting in the spring (hopefully). At this time I will be laying down a blanket of ground up leaves to insulate the garlic from the cold. They are 4 inches down but they like to be a bit warmer. Plus the leaves will give them added nutrients as they decompose over the garlic.
Here is a photo of our little garlic planing helper. She loved all the fresh earth to scratch around in.
Have you tried garlic in your garden? What worked for you? Any tips or tricks to share?
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