Garlic is quite easy to grow and yummy to enjoy. The time to plant garlic is fall. Here’s how!

Canadian icon Mark Cullen shares this advice on how to plant garlic:

Garlic is a counter-intuitive crop. Plant in the fall, harvest scapes in early summer and bulbs in late summer. Enjoy this How-To!
  • Start by selecting the largest and cleanest cloves from your seed garlic or last year’s crop
  • Avoid planting small or damaged cloves, as you ‘reap what you sow’
  • Dig a hole 1-2” deep, add a mixture of soil and compost. Garlic is a “heavy feeder” crop which thrives on compost
  • Plant in 4-6” rows, 2” apart
  • Plant cloves “pointy side up” or ‘roots down’
  • Fill hole
  • Add 6” of mulch
  • Straw, leaves and bark mulch are all effective materials for mulch
  • Harvest garlic scapes in early summer
  • Harvest your garlic bulbs in late summer and fall

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