Friday, October 1, 2010
When to Plant Garlic
Garlic is one of those plants that needs a bit of cold weather to help it break out of it's dormancy. It can be planted in early spring with somewhat acceptable results, but generally you get lackluster results with smaller bulbs.
In Europe there is apparently a tradition of planting garlic on the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice. In my Zone 5 garden the winter solstice falls on December 21st this year (2010). We usually have snow and frozen ground by then - needless to say, it would be quite difficult to plant. Most of the books I have read say that the best time to plant is about three weeks before your first hard frost. Around here that is anywhere from the end of September to the end of October. (Although, if you've been reading my blog you know we had a killing frost this year on September 6th - somebody forgot to tell Mother Nature to look at the calendar!) So, here I plant my garlic any time in September (October - if I forgot to in September). It really is an easy plant to grow.
Follow my blog and next summer I will tell you when to harvest and how to create a braid of garlic. Go out and plant your garlic now!
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