Planting Garlic

plant garlic in the fall

As he was twisting open a jar of minced garlic, my grandpa would claim “eating garlic puts hair on your chest.” He’d scoop out a heaping spoonful, adding it liberally to whatever he was cooking.

I’m still not a huge fan of garlic in a jar, but I do love me some fresh garlic. Grandpa always had an amazing garden, so I’m not sure why he didn’t just grow his own. It is one of the easiest plants to grow after all.

Like other bulbs, you need to get your garlic planted in the fall.  You can get seed garlic from garden centers, or you can just use a few cloves off heads from your farmers market or grocery store.  Pick the largest cloves from the bulb for planting.

Prep your garlic bed by simply turning the dirt. Feel free to add a bit of compost or manure to your soil. Individual garlic cloves should be planted pointy end up and spaced 6 inches apart. Bury the cloves about 2 inches deep, and add a hefty layer of leaves or mulch to protect them over the winter.

It’s a simple as that. Your garlic harvest will be ready next summer.

Garlic might keep the vampires away, but I make no guarantees on the effectiveness of garlic as a hair growth product.

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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