Garlic needs a longer growing season than most plants, so you must get it in the ground in the fall. It will sprout (hopefully) and then overwinter in the ground. In the spring it will continue to grow and will be ready to harvest around the first or second week in July.
We have talked for years about planting garlic, but never got it done in the fall. So this is a new experience for us and, like most new things, you have to test the waters and experiment. I ordered 5 varieties of garlic from 2 different companies. I order 3 varieties from Cook's Garden http://www.cooksgarden.com/, and 2 varieties from the Garlic Store http://www.thegarlicstore.com/. The 3 I got from Cook's Garden are softneck varieties and the 2 I got from the Garlic Store are hardneck varieties. The hardnecks really do have larger cloves and they looked yummy. I hated to put them in the dirt --- but, ah, the hopes of a bounteous harvest next summer!!!
|Our garlic sets, waiting for us to plant them.|
|See the individual cloves broken apart from the bulb.|
|Planting a clove of garlic. This was one of the hardnecks. Look how big that clove is!!!!!!|
Please give me your comments. Have you planted garlic before? What varieties do you like? Where do you order your garlic sets? Share with us!