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The Best Time To Plant Garlic

Garlic. It’s one of those kitchen staples that you can’t help but love. Whether you’re using it in your favorite recipe or just biting into a raw clove, there’s something about this pungent bulb that makes everyone happy. But can you plant it? And if so, what is the best time to plant garlic?

First off, yes! You can and should plant garlic in your garden. This yummy clove is great at deterring pests and even fungal disease. It’s loads of fun to plant too! Keep reading to find out more about when the best time to plant garlic is!

Best Time to Plant Garlic

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Planting garlic is one of the easiest and most rewarding things you can do in your garden. Not only does it add a flavorful punch to your cooking, but it’s also extremely easy to grow – even for beginners! Garlic requires very little maintenance once it’s planted, so there’s no excuse for not giving it a try this season.

So, when is the best time to plant it? Generally speaking, the ideal time to plant garlic is during the fall months, when the weather begins to cool off and the soil starts to dry out after the growing season has ended. You should aim to plant your garlic in October or November, six to eight weeks before your first frost.

Try and avoid planting your bulbs too early. If you do, you may see shoot growth from your bulb, which can be damaged during the winter.

So, whether you’re new to gardening or have an experienced green thumb, planting garlic is a great way to add some variety and flavor to your garden!

How to Plant Garlic

Planting garlic is fairly easy. It can also be a fun and rewarding experience that you can even do with the kids! Here is a step-by-step guide to planting garlic:

Choose Your Bulbs

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First, you will need to choose the right type of garlic to grow in your garden. There are many different varieties, each with its own unique flavor and texture. For example, some types of garlic have a milder flavor while others are spicier.

You should aim to select high-quality bulbs and be sure to choose bulbs that have not started to sprout yet – these may not grow well once planted in your garden. It is also important to pick bulbs that feel firm and heavy indicating good quality and freshness.

Additionally, there are two main varieties of garlic: soft-neck and hard-neck. Soft neck is the type that most people are used to seeing at the grocery store or farmers’ market. This variety has a soft stem and large head of cloves that surround a central stalk called a “neck.” Soft-neck garlic is popular because it’s easy to grow and easy to use. You can easily pick off individual cloves and add them directly to your cooking without any prep work. Each head contains six to 18 cloves.

Hard-neck garlic, on the other hand, has smaller cloves contained around a central stem. Because of its unique structure, the hard-neck variety has more of a flavor profile than its soft-neck counterpart. The flavoring can range from mild to spicy. This type of garlic also thrives in cold climates, so it might be a good pick for this winter.

Planting

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Once you’ve picked out the perfect bulbs of garlic, it’s time to get planting! First, you will need to select a sunny spot in your garden that has good soil and plenty of room for the bulbs to grow. Your garlic will need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. You may also want to add some compost or other organic matter to help the garlic thrive.

Next, choose the largest cloves and dig a hole about 2 to 4 inches deep. Place each bulb of garlic into the hole, with the pointy end facing up spacing them 3 to 4 inches apart. Cover up the bulbs with soil, gently pressing down on top with your hands to make sure they are securely in place.

Finally, water your garlic plants regularly and mulch your bed to protect your garlic against harsh weather. You can use straw or grass clippings. Now all you have to do is wait patiently as they begin to grow.

Harvesting

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First, you will want to decide when it’s time to harvest your garlic. You’ll notice the scapes (the delicate stem and flower bud of a hard-neck garlic plant) appear in the springtime. You can snap them off when they are about a foot long and appear curly. Then, the leaves will turn yellow and brittle. Now is the time to harvest. Typically, this happens mid-summer, around July.

To harvest your garlic, till the soil around the bulbs and carefully remove the head. Do not pull on the stalk, as that can damage the leaves. Brush off any excess dirt but don’t wash the garlic.

Next, let your garlic properly dry for about 30 days, in a dry and cool area. One final thing: do not store your garlic in a refrigerator, as this can cause the flavor to subside. With these tips and tricks, you can successfully harvest your delicious garlic and put it to good use in your cooking!

Who Doesn’t Love Garlic!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to add some flavor to your garden, garlic is the perfect plant to try. And now is the time to plant it!

You can grow it yourself with just a little bit of effort, and it’s sure to make your neighbors jealous. Make sure to share this article with them so they can get in on the action too! And don’t forget to leave a comment below about your own garlic-growing experiences. Happy garlic gardening!

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