Growing garlic is a lot like growing tulips – you plant the cloves in fall, they slowly grow roots through winter, then explode with new growth in spring. This is how you grow garlic.
All garlic needs is a sunny, well-drained site to grow, especially since it has few problems with pests and diseases.
Plant a Great Crop of Garlic:
- Prepare the bed by pulling weeds and turning the soil.
- Mix in half the amount of organic or slow-release bulb fertilizer recommended for flower bulbs.
- Dig a 6” deep trench.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the trench with the remaining half of fertilizer.
- Refill the trench halfway with loose soil.
- Carefully break off the largest cloves from the outside of the garlic bulb. Do not peel the cloves.
- Poke cloves into the soil, pointed sides up and 6” apart. Cover with 3” of remaining soil.
- Mulch with 2” of composted material such as chopped leaves, wood chips, straw or sawdust, to prevent winter weeds.
- Depending on weather, you may see green shoots right away or not until spring. Either way, expect a nice crop of garlic next summer.
You can plant garlic cloves purchased from the grocery store.