I almost missed my opportunity to plant garlic this year. Our long Indian summer kept me busy doing other things and I simply put it off until today. But, better late than never! It was a gorgeous day to plant garlic. I even had time to put straw over my strawberry plants and asparagus beds.
Every year I choose the largest heads that I harvested in July and plant around Thanksgiving. This year I harvested my garlic in the middle of July and got a great crop with a few huge heads. Since we are expecting snow this week I’m hoping that I have not waited too long. We are heading into December and we should have a few weeks before the ground is frozen. This will allow the garlic to put down roots but will prevent it from sprouting, which can damage the plant.
Garlic is one of my favorite crops and really easy to grow. You separate the cloves from the heads, plant them about four inches apart, two inches deep. I throw in a handful of bone meal and cover with dirt. In our climate it is recommended that you mulch heavily with straw or leaves. This acts as an insulating blanket that helps moderate soil temperature and protects the cloves from extreme cold. I can now say that I’m almost done gardening for the year. Now I can visit the local nurseries and enjoy the holiday fare, which you’ll see in my next post.