Planting Garlic - Knowledgebase Question

Bellefontaine, OH
Question by vickiec4
November 14, 1997
I have read conflicting information about when to plant garlic in my zone. Is fall or spring best? How do I plant it?


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Answer from NGA
November 14, 1997

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Garlic should be planted in the fall. It helps me to think of it as a bulb, like a tulip, which is also planted in the fall. It isn't to late to plant garlic, my neighbors would tell you they have seen me planting garlic (and tulips) on Thanksgiving Day (its a good way to work off all of that pumpkin pie). In my experience, the garlic you get from the grocery store does not grow well if at all. I generally use a clove from garlic I obtain from the local farmer's market or order from a catalogsuch as Johnny's Selected Seed, Albion, ME, www.johnnyseeds.com

Separate the cloves from the bulb and plant them in soil amended with 2-3 inches of compost. Plant the individual cloves 6 inches apart and only deep enough to cover about 1/2 the clove. Water it well and mulch the bed with a 4-6 inch layer of chopped leaves, hay or straw.

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