Garlic – Spring planting for Fall harvest

For my gardening friends. You can still plant garlic for late summer and fall harvest. If your soil is not frozen solid. Dig and loosen your soil, till in compost if you have access to compost. Else stir in a little 5-10-5 or similar N-P-K rated fertilized. Plant your garlic cloves, [Don’t laugh, pointed end up] 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep. Measure from the top of your garlic clove. Space cloves about 4 inches apart.
Cover with mulch if you can. Other wise, wash your hands and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Growing Hint: Garlic needs from about 180 to 210 growing days from planting to harvest mature garlic bulbs.

Garlic types are either Hard Neck or Soft Neck.
Generally speaking, Hard neck varieties are better suited to be grown in the northern 1/2 of the U.S. Unless you want to harvest ‘garlic ‘scapes’, Soft neck varieties seem to be better suited to the southern 1/2 of the U.S. and seem to store for a longer period of time than hard neck garlic.

Going against what many gardeners say. I have never had any problems planting garlic that I picked up at my supermarket.

Garlic Nutrition :
Raw Garlic – 6 cloves – About Calories: 27
* manganese 15% —– * vitamin B6 13% —– * vitamin C 7%
* copper 6% —– * selenium 5% —– * phosphorus 4%
* calcium 3% —– * vitamin B 13%

There has been many millions of pages written about the good health benefits of garlic. Who am I to go against the opinions of so many expert gardeners and health specialist. A touch of garlic makes everything, except scotch wiskey, taste better.

Hint garlic can be harvested at any size. Try fresh young garlic in your recipes for a different and refreshing flavor. * Use tender young garlic tops finely chopped as a garnish to add flavor and color to pasta dishes.

I didn’t know this: Elephant garlic is not a true garlic, but actually a variant of the garden leek.

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17 responses to “Garlic – Spring planting for Fall harvest

  1. Our first ever garlic crop, here in the south of Wester Australia, was a huge success. Looking forward to the next harvest.

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  2. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad I recipricated, as guess what? I’m just about to plant garlic for the first time, lol! I have an allotment in north-west London where spring has suddenly come from one day to the next – I’m racing to catch up with a polytunnel cover destroyed in winter storms to be dug out and replaced and two beds to dig over. Alongside sunshine, easter eggs, and budding trees, spring is hard work lol!

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  3. So glad I still have the opportunity to grow some this year, I forgot to plant mine last fall.

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  4. Here in Central Bulgaria we planted our cloves out last Autumn to over winter so we had some young stems to use this Spring, unfortunately we a rapid thaw has resulted in serious flooding that has washed the whole lot (along with most other things) away, the lower garden is still under @ 6 inches of water so we could be looking at a bad year.

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  5. thanks, want to plant more veggies this year, will try garlic!

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    • Sounds like a good plan … 🙂

      Happy Gardening

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      • can you recommend some veggies that would be easy for my 4 year old granddaughter to plant and watch grow?

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        • Any of the root crops seem to popular with young people. Root crops will stand up to a lot of abuse and neglect.
          Garden or pot planted.

          Radishes, easy and 25 – 30 to harvest.
          Carrots seem to always be popular.
          Cherry tomato’s.
          Bush Cucumbers.
          But the main consideration is, Plant What That Child Likes To Eat.
          Try not to ‘over’ supervise them and their gardening project.

          Hehehe… I think it is OK to help them succeed gardening when they are not watching.

          Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  6. Got my garlic in the ground last fall and it’s already up a couple of inches. I worried about the frost and snow that we got just ten days ago but it doesn’t seem to have hurt anything. So far so good.

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