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Garlic Stat Summary

Plant Spacing: 4-6" (101-152 mm)
Row Spacing: 4-6" (101-152 mm)
Planting Depth: 1-2" (25-50 mm)
Plants Per Person: 5
Soil Temperature: 55-75°F (13-24°C)
Days to Emergence:
Recommended Soil PH: 6.0-7.0
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Before Last Frost

Planting Garlic

Garlic thrives in rich well drained, composted soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Garlic is started from cloves not seeds and is best planted by October so it has time to establish a good root system before the winter. To plant, separate and peel the cloves of garlic just prior to planting. Set the cloves, pointed end up, 1 to 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart.

Growing Garlic

Weeds can easily overtake garlic; keep area weed free. When spring growth begins, water to keep soil slightly moist and fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer every 2 weeks until bulb begins to form. Reduce watering once plant foliage begins to turn yellow. Cut off any flowering stems at the top leaf to redirect energy to the bulb.

Harvesting and Storing Garlic

Dig up bulbs in summer when one third of the leaves become dry and lose their green color. Shake off soil. Tie plants in small bundles and dry in a warm, shady place for two weeks before trimming and storing the garlic bulbs.

Garlic Insect and Disease Information

Garlic is more troubled by lack of water and weeds than by diseases or insects. Practice a 2 to 3 year crop rotation.

Garlic Yield Information

No yield information for Garlic.
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