Planting Garlic


Planting garlic in the North west is best done in October or early November, so if you haven’t done it yet, time to get it done!  Planting now will yield a harvest in summer time!

Pre-soak your organic garlic cloves.  20141109_085516

I like to plant mine in pots since the soil at my house is to hard.  If you use pots, make sure they are at least 12 inches deep.  Plant your smaller head garlic (I planted dujanski and chesnok red) 2-4 inches apart.   I only planted four of each this year (we ate the rest of the cloves!).





Cover them with enough soil that they are 2-3 inches deep.  Elephant garlic should 6-8 inches apart.  All should be root side down (that means the pointy little tip goes up).

Cover the pots with mulch. Since my giant maples have covered our backyard with leaves, I used the fallen leaves.  You can also use straw, pine needles – anything to keep the soil fairly warm.  20141109_090153

In early Spring, spread a nitrogen rich fertilizer (like blood meal) around the edges of the planting.  Do this once more in early May.

Begin checking the bulbs in late June or early July – when they are plump and cloves are all still in tact.  (Don’t wait to long or they will fall apart!)

Let them dry in a well ventilated area for a few days – and that’s it!

Come back in the Spring – I’ll post pictures of my garlic and let you know how it’s doing.

For more information, check out hte  Oregon State University Extension Service .



About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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12 Responses to Planting Garlic

  1. Erlene says:

    I’ve never tried to grow garlic, so these are good to know tips. Thanks for sharing them on Merry Monday. Hope you can join again tonight at 6pm PST.

  2. I’ve never had good luck growing garlic, and now I think I know why! I don’t think I’ve ever planted them deep enough. Thank you so much for sharing this at Merry Monday! I learned something new!

  3. Thank you Helen for this. Planted garlic for the first time this year (at least the first time when it hasn’t died prematurely). I never knew to pre soak the cloves… pinning this for next year!

  4. Susan says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Hope you join in!

  5. This is way to easy, do you leave them out or store them some where they wont freeze? We use a ton well a lot of garlic!! Thanks for the tips and stopping by to share!!

    • Helen Fern says:

      I think that would depend on where you live. We rarely get a hard freeze for very long – which is why there is mulch on the top. This is only my second year planting! You should be able to find regional information online or through your local extension office.

  6. Amanda says:

    Ooooh I love garlic, never tried planting it before! 🙂

  7. Audrey says:

    Saw this on Merry Mondays and just realized I haven’t even ordered mine yet. Even though I have a few more weeks here in Southern California, I need to hurry!

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