Garlic is a member of the allium family. It is very easy to grow garlic in your garden or in containers. Garlic requires very little space to grow. Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from a whole bulb. Each clove will multiply in the ground, forming a new bulb that consists of 5-10 cloves. Here is how to plant and grow garlic in your garden and get great garlic in about 7 to 9 months later.
Best time to Plant Garlic: In many regions Fall is the best time to plant Garlic, Plant in the fall and it will mature during the longest days of summer,(harvest in the summer), . Fall planting gives it a jump start on the growing season and it will be one of the first things to come up in the garden next spring.
How to plant Garlic bulbs:
Plant your Garlic in a spot not recently used for garlic or other plants from the onion family. Plant garlic in areas where there is good drainage, A raised bed works very well and avoid areas with a lot of stones or remove stones from the top layer of soil. Use quality seed garlic and try planting several different varieties just in case one does poorly. Separate the cloves no more than 48 hours before planting.
Even though garlic is very easy to plant, it is very important that you have the best soil if you want to produce the biggest bulbs. You need rich, good quality and well drain soil, I usually add compost and well-rotted manure to the bed before planting. you can also add organic fertilizers in the bed or hole before planting.
Plant Garlic with the peels intact and about 4 - 6 inches deep and about 6 inches apart , plant the garlic with the pointy end up and cover with fine soil and press lightly. add a layer of chop leaves, seedless straw, mulch or grass clippings to help insulate it from the extreme winter temperatures. the leaves, straw or mulch will also
help control weeds on the garden bed during the growing season.
Plant cloves as early in spring as you can work the soil, Spring planted garlic should be planted the same manner as in the fall. The planted garlic will form roots but little top growth in the fall before the ground freezes. In the spring, your garlic will be ready to grow, sending up tiny green shoots with better root growth as soon as the ground thaws.
Caring for Garlic Plants
Feed your garlic plants every other week in the spring with liquid fertilizers like fish emulsion fertilizer, blood meal or Osmocote . In the summer months Water the garlic with a total of at least an inch of water a week,
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