VARIETY CONSIDERATIONS: HARD NECK OR SOFT NECK GARLIC
There are two types of garlic;
The upside to
garlic is that it produces
plumper cloves and has a broadervariety
than soft neck garlic.The downside is that it is more difficult to keep from sprouting. It does not store as wellas soft neck garlic varieties.
garlic is an ideal choice for
. Soft neck varieties are a littleeasier to grow but have a cluster of tiny cloves in the center that are tedious to work with.We grow both types to get the best of both worlds…flavor and storage quality.One other important consideration when planting garlic is your climate.
Hard neck garlic types root quicker
and are therefore better grown in northern climates.
types do better in areas with mild winters. Yet, with proper care,
both types can growsuccessfully in either climate.PREPARING YOUR GARDEN'S SOIL
For planting garlic, you want your soil to be in the range of
pH 6.0 – 7.0.
Garlic grows well in deep, well-drained soil amended with composted manure and plentyof organic matter mixed in before planting.
BEST PLANTING LOCATION
Garlic will tolerate partial shade but will perform best in
full sunOPTIMUM TIME TO PLANT GARLIC
For spring planting, sow bulbs when
soil temperature reaches 55 F.
Garlic planted inthe spring will grow OK, but usually at a lesser rate than garlic that is planted in the fall,resulting in smaller bulb development.
Planting garlic in the fall a few weeks before the ground freezes
will allow a rootsystem to establish but not provide enough time for the plant to emerge above the surface before winter and become damaged.
PLANTING AND GROWING GARLIC
From your bulbs, select the large outer cloves for planting. Use the smaller cloves for immediate eating.