Garlic Growing Tips for Your Garden


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For gardeners who still want to plant something even though winter has come, garlic may still be an option. Garlic is great for planting in the Fall/Early Winter so that it can mature over the Winter and Spring seasons to be harvested in the summer. 

Garlic is a root vegetable that’s a staple in most recipes. Gardeners who are serious about usable recipe gardens will include garlic due to its versatility in cooking. Plus, it stores well and can be given to friends and family. Who doesn’t want some garlic as a gift?

Growing garlic is a bit of a challenge, so we need to be mindful of its preferences. The key to great garlic is allowing it to mature. All plants have things they like and don’t like: when they grow, where they grow, soil type, seed spacing, storage, etc. Without knowing about what we plant, our gardens will never grow. So, let's learn! 

When They Grow

Pro-tip: Fall planting usually yields larger bulbs.

Gardeners in higher number USDA hardiness zones - which means you are in the lower regions like Florida, Gulf Regions or Southwest coastal areas - you will still have time to plant garlic into the beginning of winter depending on the weather. If temperatures stay cool and don’t drop below 40 degrees consistently, then garlic should be okay to grow. IF winter is already upon you in the lower USDA hardiness zones - located in the central and northern regions - you may have to wait until spring. Your garlic can still be harvested in the summer, but it may not be as robust in size and flavor.

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Last season a summer wind storm blew the scapes down at ground level. I had to harvest early and most bulbs were smallish. Well-formed but small. To combat that, in Nov 2018, I planted 9 cloves in a 15 gallon grow type bag (At about 18 inches across) about 5 inches down from the top in case there are more winds, the sides of the bag would deflect the wind. The scapes (although I am growing soft neck garlic, Sicilian type from Sicily, Italy.) are now on Feb 16, 2019, about 6 inches tall and looking good. I'm in Zone 9A, northern California in the Sacramento Valley. Happy gardening!

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