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How to Plant Garlic

When the leaves start to turn in autumn, you know you need to plant your garlic crop

Danielle Sherry, Sarah Breckenridge, Gary Junken, Robyn Doyon-Aitken

Keep that crop in tip-top shape with a little advice from our Homegrown / Homemade team. Learn more about how to grow garlic in an informative article by Ruth Lively.

Episode 1: How to Plant Garlic

Garlic isn’t hard to grow. In fact, growing garlic plants is almost ridiculously easy. It has a few important requirements that are easily met: decent soil, adequate moisture, and, of course, planting and harvesting at the right time.

When is the right time for planting garlic? Plant garlic four to six weeks before the ground freezes in your area. You can fudge the planting time a little. I have planted as early as September (by mistake) and as late as Thanksgiving (to experiment) and have had decent crops. Roots will start to grow soon after you plant. Your aim is to get good root development before the plants go dormant. Green shoots may appear in the fall, which is fine. Read more.


Episode 2: How to Care for Garlic

Learn how to care for garlic with this step-by-step guide.

1. You can pick some garlic scapes in the Springtime without fear of hurting the bulbs underground.

2. Understand what garlic scapes are.

3. Remove the garlic scapes.

4. Don’t worry about yellow leaves.

5. Use your garlic scapes to add flavor to your favorite dishes!

Episode 3: How to Harvest Garlic

 

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