The best time to plant garlic is in the Fall, 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. Netted packages of both types of garlic are now in stock in the store. Below are the basic types of garlic available and simple planting instructions.
Hard Neck Garlic:
- Sharper flavor
- Produces stiff stem through the center
- Hardier – best survival during a cold winter
- Somewhat shorter shelf life
Soft Neck Garlic:
- Relatively mild flavor
- Best choice for garlic braids
- Plant garlic in our area 4-6 weeks before the the ground freezes. In our area that would be mid-to-late October.
- If you are replanting garlic you grew this year, choose the largest heads, the bigger you plant, the bigger you will harvest.
- Loosen the soil, add organic compost, and plant 8 inches apart.
Harvesting and Curing:
- Garlic will be ready to harvest in late July, when some leaves are beginning to yellow.
- Be sure to cure the garlic properly for storage, by shaking off most of the dirt, layout on a sheet, not touching each bulb to one-another. Be sure there is no direct sun on the drying garlic.
- When the stems are completely dry and papery, exterior has tightened around the clove, remove stems, leaving a 1″ stem.
- Trim the roots
- Store in a dry dark place.