Planting garlic is also easy that it’s criminal if you don’t give it a go. So in this post let’s learn how to plant garlic!
In my climate zone, (heat zone 4, cold zone 10), I plant just after the first full moon in May or June. I find that the soil is still just cool enough so that the garlic shoots quickly and gets a good start.
When I plant garlic, I source the bulbs from a good seed supplier, in my case, the Diggers Club. This year I bought a variety pack of three types of garlic; Tassie Purple, Dunganski, and Lokalen.
When preparing the bed for planting, don’t add any fertiliser to the bed if you did so in the summer. You will get more leaves and smaller bulbs. Plant the garlic in a bed that you had a very hungry crop before hand, like Brassica or tomatoes. But make sure that you add some organic fertilizer as a top-dressing in spring to give them a boost.
Check out the video I made to show you how to plant garlic; https://youtu.be/-Oe3-ABuD6M
Make a hole with your dibber (I use a bit of old sawn off broom handle or my index finger) about 2″ deep (5 cm) and then place each clove in the hold pointy end facing upwards. Plant them about 6″ (15 cm) apart, so that you get good-sized bulbs. The closer they are to each other the smaller the bulbs.
Backfill the holes and water well. Within about 4-6 days they will send up the first green shoots through the soil. All you need to do is keep the soil moist for the rest of the season, and keep the bed weed free.
Easy peasy! If you haven’t grown garlic before, why not try it this year. It’s not too late!