Fall Garlic Collection 2
Fall garlic is planted in September or October, around the same time you would plant tulips. The garlic roots in in the fall and is ready to go as soon as weather permits in the spring. Fall garlic is much more reliable and productive than spring planted garlic here in the north.
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Planting Fall Hardneck Garlic
The best time to plant hardneck garlic is late September to early October, generally a week or two before your first frost. This gives the garlic a chance to root but not grow too much before winter sets in.
Garlic prefers full sun and soil pH of 6.0-6.5. It is a light feeder and requires a well prepared, well-drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate some compost. It’s a good idea to rotate where you plant your garlic each year. Plant cloves a couple of inches below the soil surface. Space your rows 12-18” apart and space the cloves in each row 4-6” apart.
After planting it is important to mulch well which will provide insulation for the winter and hold snow on top of the bed. In the spring the mulch will keep the ground from warming up too fast and in summer will help supress weeds. We suggest using straw or leaves to mulch.
Watch our Video on Planting Fall Garlic for more tips.
During mid-season growth, plants benefit from a nitrogen side dressing, like partially rotted manure, bloodmeal, or a drink of compost tea. For hard neck or fall garlic, be sure to cut off the scape or twisted flower stalk. This will send more energy into producing the bulb.
Harvest in late summer or when 75% of the leaves have turned brown. Lift bulbs during dry weather. Cure for 10-14 days in a warm, dark, dry area. After curing, clean roots and cut off the dead foliage. To make garlic braids, the bulbs must be dug and braided while the foliage is still green. Will store for 6-8 months in a dry, cool place.
Watch our video on Harvesting Fall Garlic online here.
Storing Hardneck Garlic:
After harvesting garlic, do not remove leaves and stems. These must fully dry first. Once fully dry, the leaves and stems will be completely brown and show no green. Give the necks a little squeeze. They should be hard and not pliable. Once all signs that foliage has dried, no green remains, and the necks are firm and solid, you can cut the necks 3-4 inches above the bulb. Store in a dry, cool, dark place. Dry basements are best. Use any bulbs that have insect damage or did not fully dry first as they will not store as long. Don’t wash bulbs. Do not remove paper husk until ready to use.
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