1. Grow the Right Variety of Garlic
- Hardneck grows best in cold climates, while softneck does better in a warmer climate.
- Do not use store bought garlic, which are treated with growth inhibitors.
- Loose, well drained, compost rich soil works best. Loosen to 18”.
- To loosen, broad fork, don’t till.
- Deep, raised beds are a good way to go.
- PH of 6.0 to 7.0
- Lime acidic soil
- Larger bulbs: plant six weeks before first soil freeze in Fall
- After soil thaws in spring
- Plant 2” deep, 6” apart
- Mulch with straw, dried grass, or shredded leaves
4. Fertilizing – Spring
None recommended at planting time in Fall.
Spring: Initial application with a balanced bulb food and or, foliar spray with kelp, compost tea, or fish emulsion at the first sign of shoots. High nitrogen fertilizer when 1 ft tall.
- Add these to your soil before planting
- Lime if soil is acid
- EndoMycorrhizia for better roots
- Azomite for larger bulbs and more flavor
Fifth Season Gardening offers a full line of natural and organic soils, fertilizers, and amendments for all of your growing needs.
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