Planning to plant garlic this fall? If so, now is the time to get it in the ground. Here’s a step-by-step guide to take you through the process:
Opinions vary about the proper depth and spacing for garlic, but I recommend going with two-inches deep and four-inches apart. The dibble that I used to plant my onions last spring happens to have that spacing, so I pulled it out to make quick work of the digging.
Prepare the bed that you’ll be planting by loosening up the soil and working in some compost or fertilizer; then stamp your holes with a dibble or dig them by hand.
Here’s what the dibble gave me.
Once, you have your holes, gently open your garlic heads, and separate them into individual cloves. Be careful not to damage any in the process. Inspect each clove, and pull any with mold or rot. Also pull any undersized cloves. You can use them in your cooking, but you want to use your biggest and best cloves for planting.
Now, plant your garlic with the pointed end facing up.
When you have a clove in each hole, cover them up with soil.
Then, cover the bed with several inches of mulch. Leaves are readily available this time of year, so that’s what I used.
And that’s really all there is to it. By early to mid-summer you’ll have lots of garlic bulbs to harvest, cure and use.
More About Planting Garlic:
- Garlic can be planted in the spring or fall, but you’ll get much bigger bulbs, if you opt for a fall planting
- Not sure when to plant garlic in your area? Aim for two weeks before the first frost. You can look up the first frost date for your area here