Garlic Time

Remember this from earlier this summer?

Well now with the first frost approaching it’s time to plant garlic for next year. I’m actually running a bit late this year.  Typically I would have planted my garlic a week or so ago but with all that is going on around here lately - homeschool, book writing and the kick off of the wholesale holiday season the garlic had just not been planted yet.


Galic is easy to plant and oh so rewarding about nine to ten monthes later. First you need some nice tight, plump garlic bulbs. I bought mine from a local grocery store.

Gently pulp the cloves apart leaving a bit of the paper around each clove.  Use the plumpest cloves because they will make the because bulbs.


Make sure you have an area with well tilled soil that is loose and has good drainage.  I also pick a place that gets plenty of sun so that during those short early spring days the ground where the garlic is planted get nice a warm.


Now plant each clove pointy side up approximatly 4 to 6 inches apart and 1 inch deep. The rows should be about 5-6 inches apart.  Now just cover up the cloves and water gently.  In about 9 to ten months your garlic should be ready to harvest and make into a lovely (and fragent) braid.

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  1. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    we just planted one our little raised beds with garlic – so exciting!! this will be our 2nd year, and I am amazed at how it takes 9 months to grow those little bulbs into big garlic cloves, just like little people!

  2. Posted October 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I have always wondered how one grows garlic ~ now I know ~ and I will try it! Thanks…found you via Soulemama! Oh…we are located in the deep South….do you think that they will grow if I plant them now?

  3. Posted November 2, 2010 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Oh wow! This is fantastic information. I grew garlic this year and had no idea what I was doing. I dug it all up much too early and tiny little garlic heads.

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