How to Plant Garlic

Planting garlic is a rewarding endeavor that offers culinary and health benefits.  This web-story provides essential tips for planting, nurturing, and harvesting garlic, ensuring a successful grow from clove to harvest.

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1

Choose Your Cloves Wisely

Start with healthy, disease-free garlic cloves from a reputable source for the best growth.

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Timing is Key

Plant garlic in the fall, 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes, for a robust spring harvest.

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Preparing the Bed

Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil and enrich it with organic matter before planting.

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Planting Depth and Distance

Plant cloves 2 inches deep and 4 inches apart, with the pointed end facing up.

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Watering Wisely

Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged to encourage steady garlic growth.

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Mulching for Protection

Apply a layer of mulch to insulate the garlic over winter and retain moisture.

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Wait for Green Shoots

Look for green shoots emerging in early spring as a sign of successful garlic growth.

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Spring Care

Remove mulch in spring and provide nutrients to support vigorous growth.

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Scapes

Harvest garlic scapes in late spring to encourage bulb growth and enjoy a tasty treat.

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Harvesting Your Garlic

Harvest garlic when lower leaves turn brown but several upper leaves remain green.

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ENJOY

A single garlic clove can produce a bulb with up to 20 cloves, multiplying your harvest.