Growing Garlic - Knowledgebase Question

Vancouver, WA
Question by dbowen6
October 10, 1998
I want to plant garlic this year. With the wet climate that we have here I was wondering which variety would be the best.


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Answer from NGA
October 10, 1998

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Fall is an excellent time to plant garlic. It grows best in a rich, well-draining soil, so be sure to add organic matter like compost to your soil prior to planting. Separate the cloves and plant them 4-6 inches apart, covering them with 1-2 inches of soil. You can plant hard-neck garlic like 'Premium Northern White', or a soft-neck garlic like 'Silver Rose'. The hard-neck type will try to produce a flower stalk in the spring. Cut it down as soon as it develops, or the energy from the plant will be directed toward flower production, at the expense of developing nice, fat cloves. The wet weather doesn't seem to affect garlic, as long as the bed they're planted in is well-draining.

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