We finally got our Garlic in the ground last week. Finally! Every year we talk about it, but the Fall season is so busy…it all too often gets pushed down the to-do list, until, inevitably it snows and we missed the boat. Again.
Not this year! After letting our land rest for the past year, we were pretty eager to get back in the garden. We’ve been busy cleaning up, tilling and tilling some more. We dodged a bullet on the timing—we usually have our first snow by now.
We went with “Redneck Wild” a hardneck variety from Bair Organic. I had a couple cloves left over and I used them just yesterday— a very nice variety indeed! Garlic is really super simple, low maintenance gardening at it’s best. (Love THAT) We cleaned out one of our ‘mini raised beds’, which is about 7’ x 3’, and it held 2 pounds of seed garlic cloves very nicely.
The Basic Rules of Garlic Planting 101
Plant October – December (depending on your area, further north you are, the earlier you’ll want to plant…AHEM)
Place single cloves, root side down in loose moist soil–—2” down and in rows about 3” apart
Mulching is a good plan in colder areas for extra frost protection and in warmer areas for soil moisture
That’s really it. We tucked our bed of Garlic in for the winter with a nice layer of straw mulching over the top. We’ll harvest when the bottom leaves die back, which will be mid-June through July. Then we’ll hang our garlic for about 4 weeks in a well ventilated area to cure.
That’s it. Pretty simple stuff, but the results are fantastic—homegrown, organic, non-GMO, delicious, gift-from-heaven, GARLIC! Can’t wait to see the ‘fruit’ of our labor next summer!
Do you have your garlic in the ground?