Garlic is generally considered a fall plant, but there are many varieties that can be planted in the spring for fall harvest, allowing consumers to grow garlic year-round. To help customers get the most out of their harvest, here are three tips to pass along.
- Buy the right variety. Not all garlic is equal. Depending on the variety, some do better in warmer climates, while others prefer cooler temperatures in the northern regions. (One thing to note: Some consumers assume they can plant the garlic found in their local grocery stores, but this typically won’t grow because it is treated to prevent sprouting.)
- Plant correctly. Each single clove can grow into a full bulb, so it must be given enough space to develop properly. Cloves should be set a minimum of four to six inches apart, giving them room to spread out. One tool that can quickly create the proper holes to drop in cloves is a dibber, like the Stainless Steel Dibber by Bulldog.
- Give the garlic some love and attention. Like other plants, garlic needs water and nutrients to grow properly. Slow-release fertilizers, such as Scotts All-Purpose Flower & Vegetable fertilizer or Dr. Earth® Home Grown® Organic Fertilizer, can provide nutrition throughout the growing season. A layer of mulch, like Nature’s Care, can amend soils, provide drainage and retain moisture.