How To Grow Garlic



Garlic is amazing in all sorts of dishes and is widely used in the kitchen and household.

So save yourself the money and grow garlic right there in your own garden.

Here are some steps on how to do that.


  • Most of the time, the best time for planting garlic is in the middle of autumn or early in the spring. But, who knows, maybe it is different for you in your area. So look into it and find out when the best time to plant is for you. Keep in mind that garlic usually does better when it is not too hot or humid or rainy, but it is not super picky.
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  • The next thing you have to do is pick the spot where you will plant. Full sun is the best, but garlic should do well in partial shade as well, as long as it is not too much for too long. The soil should be kind of crumbly, so you may want to try like a sandy loam, and it should be well drained as well. Adding manure or compost would be beneficial in order to richen the soil.



  • Growing garlic is done by planting a bulb, but you must make sure that the bulb you plant is fresh, so organic would be a good way to go with the garlic you buy to ensure that the bulb is of well quality. You should be able to purchase this at a nursery, or farmer’s market, or even a local grocery store.
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  • When you get your garlic, break apart the head. You have to be careful because if you break the cloves at the base, then they won’t produce more garlic. Plant the biggest cloves, this will ensure bigger and stronger plants.



  • Make sure that the tip of the clove is upward, and then push it into the soil, about two inches down. Space each clove about eight inches apart.
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  • Mulch over the cloves. Some good mulches to try out are hay, dry leaves, straw, compost, manure (well-rotted), and grass clippings (well-rotted).

  • Feed the planted cloves. You can fertilize them or use compost, but it is important that you give them the needed nutrients to grow. Fertilize when you plant, and then again in Spring. Or, if you planted in spring, then again in fall.
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  • You have to be careful about when and how you water the garlic. If you are in a dry area or drought, then water once a week deeply. If there is not a drought, then watering is not really necessary. When the plants just are planted, water relatively often to help roots develop.

  • You will know when the garlic is ready to harvest because the cloves will be evident in the bulb and the leaves will turn a yellow, or brown color. When you see the scapes (plant above garlic) dry out, hurry on with harvesting because individual cloves can break apart.
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  • When you dig out the garlic, dig around them with a shovel to loosen things up and then pull them out. They can bruise, so be careful. Wash them and then leave them out for a little, in the sun or in a well ventilated area. If they are in the sun then do not leave them out to long or they can get damaged.






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