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Growing Garlic

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(Best months for growing Garlic in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant cloves

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 5 inches apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes

Your comments and tips

07 Jun 17, Tony Baker (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted my elephant garlic on the 21st April, a bit late this year and it is i going great never have a problem with it. I usually plant it on the shortest day of the year and pull it out on the longest day of the year. Good Luck
14 May 17, liz (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
how deep do i plant the garlic bulb - do i start it off first trying to get some roots developing or do i just plant a clove at whatever depth they require - thanks
15 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
I normally plant mine point end up about 25-30 mm below the surface. They can take a while to come up just like other bulbs such as daffodils.
17 May 17, Tony Robinson (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I live just out of Dunedin where we get frosts and occasional snow storms, our winters could be classed as severe. Garlic is similar to shallots in that it was regarded years ago to plant both shallots and garlic on the shortest day (June 21st.) and harvest on the longest day (December 21st) How-ever I now plant my garlic at intervals from early May through to mid August with great results. I always plant my clove straight into the ground with the top about half an inch below the surface. Space your cloves about six inches apart, the best of luck with your future plantings. Tony
10 May 17, Geraldine Holmes (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Not sure if Brisbane is tropical or sub-tropical but here is my question... I planted garlic last weekend without realising that it shouldn't be near to asparagus. Could you tell me why please? There's just one batch there the othets are near tomatoes and in a pot.
01 May 17, Fiona (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I planted my garlic in mid April, and it's coming up really well. At the same time, I planted some elephant/giant garlic cloves a friend gave me (grown in his garden nearby). The elephant garlic isn't showing above ground at all. Is this normal that it takes longer to shoot, or did I plant it at the wrong time?
02 May 17, Jack (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Some bulbs are slower to emerge from the ground. You could carefully scratch around the bulb site with your finger and see if is coming up. The only negative thing I can think of is that the bulbs may have been damp and have rotted. I doubt this.
03 May 17, Fiona (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Thanks Jack. I might have a scratch around and see. I don't think the cloves would have rotted either. Probably I just need to be patient!
24 Apr 17, Kobus (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I'm a blind person and want to plant garlic. I'm looking for as much info as possible on the cultivation of garlic, but it looks like I'm at a dead-end. I found an address on the web, but they just don't answer my mails. Where can I get information please?
15 May 17, Romy (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Probeer [email protected] tel0832273447
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