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Planting Garlic In Fall

Jenn Smith

Posted on October 23 2019

Garlic is a great plant to keep on-hand at home and can be used in a variety of side dishes. Garlic cloves are planted in mid-autumn, before the ground freezes; and can be used for deer-resistance to keep deer away from other fall crops. 

Garlic is easy to grow and will produce chunky garlic cloves by late spring and early summer. Here are the steps to grow garlic at home, courtesy of

  1. Loosen soil with a digging fork and spread 2-3 inches of organic matter over the area. Begin digging in!
  2. Choose a variety of garlic to plant. The two main types are softneck and hardnecks; however, softnecks produce more garlic cloves and last longer during the harvest period. 
  3. Break off the garlic bulb and plant the biggest cloves with root-side down. Leave 4-8 inches of space between garlic cloves in all directions.
  4. Add fertilizer at least once per month and plenty of water. Garlic is forgiving to lack of water; but the plant doesn't like to dry out. If the soil feels dry, it may be time to add H2o.
  5. Harvest garlic in May-June when plants have 5-6 green leaves with more than one of them turning brown in color.