East Texas Ag News: Tips on planting garlic in your fall garden

Fall is the time to plant garlic from cloves with an anticipated harvest the following spring.

East Texas Ag News: Tips on planting garlic in your fall garden
Tips on planting garlic in the fall garden for harvest next spring.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Fall is the time to plant garlic from cloves with an anticipated harvest the following spring. Garlic is a long, cool season crop.

So to get started you’ll want to plant each clove separately, pointed side up, about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. Watch for weeds as they can greatly diminish garlic production. A good layer of mulch is highly desirable. You’ll want to water 1 to 2 inches per week.

Garlic only needs some nitrogen fertilizer once in the spring when the leaves are about 6 to 8 inches tall. If your garlic starts to bud out and bloom, be sure to cut the buds, and any blooms you miss, off. These flowering structures rob the bulbs of nutrients. You’ll want to harvest when you have 3 to 5 large firm cloves.

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