Growing Garlic

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                P P    

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

P = Plant cloves

September: Garlic can overwinter. Cover with a good layer of mulch . In areas where frost persists into March/ April, expect to harvest your garlic in June/July.

October: Garlic can overwinter. Cover with a good layer of mulch . In areas where frost persists into March/ April, expect to harvest your garlic in June/July.

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 12 cm 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

21 Mar 20, anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Look up seed selling places on the internet.
07 Mar 20, Joe (USA - Zone 5b climate)
Never grew garlic before. Ready to flip garden bed and prepare to plant. Is Northwestern Pennsylvania in spring to early to plant? Thanks.
12 Mar 20, Martin (USA - Zone 6b climate)
We are growing garlic for first time and put them in in the Fall (Oct). They grew rapidly and then laid down for the winter. We are expecting them to jump up as the weather warms and should be ready by early June. From what I understand if you plant in the Spring you will have stunted bulbs.
02 Mar 20, Ian Cummings (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Try these links, a great cool climate variety is Dunganski (Std Purple Stripe) if you can get cloves. https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/guess-my-garlic/9436272
02 Mar 20, Allan Clarke (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello, I would love to grow garlic, you say that it should be planted in cold weather, but this year is very queer, it is cold now, but is still the last days of summer, can I still plant it now. I live in Victor Harbor, South Australia. Have a great day people. Allan.
02 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
The planting times here are a guide only. You could probably plant a month either side of their planting months. Soil temperature is the more important thing. Summer crops need a higher soil temp where as winter crops need a cooler soil temp. Google germination temperatures for vegetables.
01 Mar 20, (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Hi Newbie here to garlic I'm in 5a zone northern state in USA Garlic says best in our zone to plant in September and October but it says 17-24 weeks to harvest yet it says it needs a temperature of 50 to 90゚ That would put it into our Winter season shortly after planting them can someone explain maybe I misunderstanding What it is saying. Thank you (Gardenate reply : I have added the information that explains what to do if planting late in the year)
29 Feb 20, Ian Cummings (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Ok In Canberra, due to the late summer season here I have run out of space to plant out my garlic this month. Can you plant them out in seedling trays and transfer them later on? Or as the are a root crop like carrots do they not respond well to transplanting?
02 Mar 20, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try Styrofoam boxes from supermarkets.
29 Feb 20, Dion young (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Best variety of galic for Canberra Act Australia
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Never grew garlic before. Ready to flip garden bed and prepare to plant. Is Northwestern Pennsylvania in spring to early to plant? Thanks.

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