Fall is the time to plant garlic which you will harvest next June or July. Both the planting and harvesting of garlic is super-easy and something you will want to do every year since nothing tastes better and stays fresh longer than garlic that you grow yourself.
I usually pop the garlic cloves in the prepared ground every fall but when I read this article from Rodale I decided to try doing this technique this year to see if it makes any difference – I will post an update on my results next June or July.
Currently, Oct. 13, 2015, Burpee is having a sale on their garlic – be sure to try at least two varieties this fall to discover some different garlic flavors.
And, Territorial Seed Company has a lovely selection of garlic.
In the meantime, here are the steps they say produces great results…
1. Soak The Cloves
To do this, break a garlic bulb apart into individual cloves, being careful to keep the papery skins covering each clove intact. Then fill a quart jar with water and mix in 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of liquid seaweed (available at your local garden store). Soak the cloves in this mixture for 2 hours prior to planting to prevent fungal disease and encourage vigorous growth.
I have never had any fungal growth problems and I’ve almost always had 100% sprouting and growing success…. growing garlic is just sooooo easy!
2. Place Garlic Cloves In Furrows
In the meantime, prepare your bed for planting. Garlic grows best in rich, well-drained soil that is free of weeds. Dig a furrow about 3 inches deep. Place the presoaked cloves into the furrow, spacing them 6 to 8 inches apart. Be sure the flat root end is down and the pointy end is up.
Cover the cloves with 2 inches of soil and side-dress the furrow with compost or scratch in granulated organic fertilizer. Water the bed in well and cover it with 6 to 8 inches of straw mulch. You should see shoots poking through the mulch in 4 to 6 weeks. The garlic stops growing in the winter months and resumes in spring.
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