It’s fall and you know what that means…Time to Plant Your Garlic
Garlic is hands down the most easy plant to grow and care for. It is beautiful, the smell is intoxicating, and I can’t name a dish I don’t like it in!When I first started growing garlic I thought it was a sham! How in the world was the plant going to last through the winter if it had just barely started growing above ground? As it turns out all you have to do is choose the right variety, timing, and soil!
Step 1: Prepare the garlic
This step is debatable– but after several failed attempts at this process I swear by it…
Break a Garlic bulb apart (the whole thing) and put the cloves inside a big mason jar with equal parts of baking soda and liquid seaweed (I opt for around 1 TB). Leave the cloves in the jar for at least 2 hours prior to planting (this almost follows the way that you plant potatoes in that you cut them and wait…).
Why? you ask — is this step necessary? Answer: It does an amazing job at preventing bacterial and fungal growth!
Step 2: Prepare the soil
Garlic grows best in well drained soil — not sand! Make sure that your space is free of weeds and rocks, then dig 3-4″ down. Place the cloves into the spaces about 8″ apart. This will ensure that you do not have anything TOO close together! When placing the cloves in the soil be sure that the root end (flat part) is pointed DOWN and the other end UP!
Step 3: Cover
Once the garlic cloves are comfy in their new homes cover with soil and add some compost. Where I live we have a local composting facility. We love this because we know the quality of the soil as we donate with our own compost! Water the bed well, and cover with a good 6″ of straw. This will allow you to see the shoots poking through the straw.
Step 4: Wait
When the cloves are settled in they will begin to grow and if you have timed it right — you should see shoots poking through in roughly 4-6 weeks. Once this happens you also know that the frost is coming soon– when it does it will look like the garlic has stopped growing and is dying — but its not! You will be happily surprised come spring when the growing resumes.
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Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.