How to Grow Garlic

Garlic needs a long growing season. Always use bulbs from a reputable supplier.
Great Garlic

Great Garlic

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - How to Grow
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When to Start: Fall
At Their Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Materials Needed:

  • garlic bulbs
  • dibber
  • string line
  • rake

How to Plant

Plant into well-drained soil; for heavy clay, plant into a low ridge of soil. Split the bulb into individual cloves, plant with the point facing up, 4 inches deep, 8 inches apart, and cover with soil.

Harvest and Dry

Garlic is ripe when the leaves turn yellow in summer. Lift the bulbs and hang them to dry. Store individually or braid them together while the stems are dry but flexible. Starting with three bulbs, braid the stems until there's room to add more, then join the new stems to the other strings of the braid. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.

Drying Garlic Bulbs

Drying Garlic Bulbs

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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