To Do this Month: Plant Your Own Garlic

Did you know that one of the best moments to plan garlic is mid September to mid October? Neither did I.

It seems like the garlic “sleeps” during winter and if planted around this time of year it grows green and tall (and very importantly – by itself) in spring.

What to do:

1. Break a garlic bulb in cloves, making sure you keep the papery skin covering each clove intact. Take a big jar and fill it with water, a spoon of baking soda and another one of liquid seaweed. Immerse the garlic in this water for 2 hours prior to planting to prevent fungus.

2. Plant them in a pot or your garden 6 to 8 inches apart from each other, making sure the pointy side is facing up.

3. Cover them with soil and compost and let rest for the winter. If you can find some dry grass or straw cover the soil with them, then water your garlic. In 4 to 6 weeks you will start seeing the tips of your garlic but worry not, it will stop growing in winter.

This is an idea I found in the November 2009 issue of the Organic Gardening magazine. Image from here.

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