Planting Garlic - Knowledgebase Question

South Sioux City, NE
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Question by Johansen
April 29, 2001
When should I plant garlic? Does garlic have special soil requirements?

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2001
Plant garlic in the fall about the same time you would plant daffodil and tulip bulbs. (Columbus Day is a traditional bulb-planting date in many parts of the country.) Garlic requires rich soil and good drainage. Choose the largest cloves you can find for planting, and space the cloves 4"-6" apart, and 1"-2" inches deep. After the soil freezes, mulch the area with straw to prevent the bulbs from being heaved from the ground by the soil's freeze/thaw cycles. Leave the straw in place next spring to maintain soil moisture and prevent weed competition. You should be able to harvest garlic planted in October the following July.

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