How to Plant Garlic

| 10/2/2011 11:03:25 AM

Tags: garlic, growing garlic, winter garlic, garlic bulbs, planting garlic, Lynn Byczynski,

GarlicAs market farmers, we have grown garlic for many years. This month we’ll be planting about 150 pounds of it. As the owners of Seeds from Italy, we also sell garlic for planting. With so much garlic experience, we often are asked for growing advice. Here is our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about planting garlic:  

When should I plant garlic? 

Garlic requires a cold treatment to do well, and the biggest, most robust bulbs are produced from a fall planting. Besides, that’s the only time planting stock is readily available. So if you haven’t already ordered your garlic, do it now! Your goal should be to plant within two weeks of the first frost (32°F) so that the cloves develop roots but do not emerge above ground by the time of the first hard freeze (28°F).

How much should I plant? 

That depends on how much garlic you eat. The rule of thumb is that every pound of garlic will produce between four and eight pounds. Buy seed garlic by the pound, not by quantity, because garlic weights vary significantly. We sell an Early Italian White variety similar to what you see in the grocery store that has 10-12 bulbs per pound; we also sell Viola Francese, a huge softneck from Italy that has only four bulbs per pound.

What variety should I grow? 

julia stella
4/7/2012 12:36:01 AM

This what I do to my garlic and it comes out pretty good

n grossi
11/19/2011 5:37:49 PM

Why, exactly, do you recommend planting with alfalfa pellets?

11/5/2011 4:15:15 PM

In England they plant garlic on the shortest day of the year- Dec 21. Here in the US one can still plant garlic in November in most of the locations: just cover the soil with 5-6 inches of shredded leaves- it will come out fine in spring- you can remove the dry leaves, or whatever left of them in March

nancy letzo
11/4/2011 5:41:19 PM

Like the article and information. First time planting garlic. Do you remove the outer cover on the cloves or just plant as is. I couldn't find a farmer who plants so I used store bought and tried to use the cloves with the most roots. They didn't look like yours though and it is too late to plant anymore because we have had frost for the last three nights. I will know better next year. I got my article from The Herb Companion, but you filled in some more blanks. Really a great article.

darnell ashurst-thomas
10/5/2011 3:23:12 PM

Nice article on planting garlic.

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