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Growing Garlic

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(Best months for growing Garlic in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant cloves

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 12 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes
  • Almost ready to harvest
  • Garlic cloves
  • Young garlic shoots

Garlic is traditionally planted in cold weather and harvested in summer ("plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest"). Plant the cloves (separated from the bulb), point upwards, deep enough to just cover with soil. A fairly tough and easy-growing plant but in better soil with regular watering you will get a better crop. On poorer soil, and forgetting to water them, you will still get some garlic, only not quite so much, maybe just a single large bulb.

Leave a garlic to go to seed, and you will probably get plenty of self-sown plants the following year.

To keep for later use, dig up and leave to dry out for a day or so after the green shoots die down. To use immediately, pull up a head when you need it, or cut and use the green shoots.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Garlic

Cut the growing shoots or use the entire young garlic plants as 'garlic greens' in stir-fry.

Your comments and tips

13 Jul 19, Sam (Australia - temperate climate)
It's mid July and my garlic for planting only just arrived... I am in Canberra. Is it a waste to try planting them now? It's still very cold here for another month at least.
15 Jul 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
They should do alright - maybe not so big a bulb. Read the notes and plant earlier next year.
02 Jul 19, Bea (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Best type of garlic for Vegas, 9A.
14 Jun 19, James Agius (Australia - temperate climate)
thanks for the advise james
14 Jun 19, Jill (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have an 8cm tray. Would this be deep enough to grow garlic in?
18 Jun 19, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you want to check it 3 times a day to see if the soil is moist enough.
23 Jun 19, Meredith Wardlaw (Australia - arid climate)
What is the best way to test if moist enough?
13 Jun 19, Michael Archer (Australia - temperate climate)
Well, I thought that the little clove of garlic that I plucked 2 weeks ago was a bit odd, but today 13th June another fully matured single clove. Planted in early March . The rest look good and on time I think
07 Jun 19, James Agius (Australia - temperate climate)
hi my name is jim I live in cairns far north qld can i grow garlic now in june
10 Jun 19, (Australia - tropical climate)
yes
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