Garlic - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jillalock
April 15, 2009
I was given some garlic still attached to its stalks last summer- i planted them and they've come up again this time fuller and MORE- they're in an odd spot and I'm transporting them to my very new garden. How should I do this? How far apart? And how many

Answer from NGA
April 15, 2009
It sounds to me as though you planted the entire group of garlic instead of dividing the cluster into individual cloves before planting. Each clove will develop into a new plant and they will develop an entire cluster of cloves at the end of the season. You need to divide the cloves before planting. Space the cloves 4-6 inches apart and 1-2 inches deep in rows 12-18 inches apart. In the spring, when the foliage begins to grow, apply fish emulsion every two weeks to promote green growth. Then keep the plants watered (1 inch per week) all season long. When the foliage yellows and dies back, the garlic should be ready to harvest. If a flower stalk develops in the center of the plant, cut it down before it flowers or the plant's energy will go into developing seeds instead of producing plump cloves. Harvest carefully so you don't tear the papery outer covering of the garlic. Cure in a hot, dry, dark, airy place for a few weeks. Then store in a cool, dark location until you're ready to enjoy your garlic.

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