How to Plant Garlic – Step by Step
Homegrown garlic is one of the easiest things to grow in a vegetable garden. Learn all the tips you need to know how to plant garlic in fall or spring.
In 2011, I bought seed garlic and I have never paid for garlic since!
That garlic seed was pretty spendy ($16 for one pound), but the results were great! I basically planted them and ignored them for 10 months, and they produced wonderful results. Plant, ignore, and harvest? That is my favorite kind of crop!
Since 2011, I have saved the largest of the bulbs from each harvest and used them as my seed garlic for the next year’s harvest. I hold my breath every year, but it has never let me down.
What is gardening other than gambling each and every time you plant something in the ground?
What Kind of Garlic Should I Grow?
There are essentially two types of garlic – hardneck and softneck. Hardneck “keeps” (stores) for a shorter amount of time, but is wicked easy to plant and gives you scapes in summer, which seems like bonus garlic to me.
Softneck stores better for longer periods of time, but can be a bit fussier. Confused about which to plant? Try both if you have space! And color me jealous if you do!
Where Do I Get Seed Garlic?
Farmer’s markets or online seed companies are great places to get great local seeds. Do try to find a variety adapted to your climate/zone.
Even better, when you save your best bulbs each year to plant, you are strengthening that variety and adapting it to grow in your region. No matter our weather, I have great results every year with our garlic because it is used to my growing conditions.
Do not use garlic from the grocery store as it is either bred to not allow for growth or has been sprayed to prevent growth. It makes inferior seed garlic.
How To Plant Garlic in the Fall – Step by Step
First, find out what growing zone you are located in. That will dictate your planting window.
Prepare your space
A few weeks before planting, break up the soil and add amendments (fertilizers) as needed. I used my pitchfork – aka the chicken crap scooper – to turn up the soil. I added two wheelbarrows full of composted chicken manure, and two bags full of used coffee grounds.
How Deep Should You Plant Garlic?
Create little slots about two inches deep, and two inches apart from each other. I just use my pointer and middle finger.
Can You Plant Garlic From a Clove?
Yes! Here is my “seed” garlic – the biggest and best from last year. And a photo of my disgusting six-year-old gardening/chicken boots. You’re welcome!
Break apart the cloves, trying your best to keep them wrapped in their papery covers. You are going to leave the skin on when planting garlic.
What About Planting Garlic in Spring?
When To and How to Harvest Garlic
How to Cure Garlic
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