Well, I'm not sure where you are but I'm in zone 5 in New York and I had
my garlic in the ground last October. Typically, it's planted in the
fall but you may be able to start it now. I don't really know as I've
never done it.
My garlic currently has leaves about 15-16" high and will probably start
to scape in a month or so to be ready in July.
Anyhow... on to your question, garlic likes sun. Mine is in full sun all
morning and well into the afternoon.
Yes. Worst of all worlds: poor solar collection efficiency, lousy
competitor, heavy feeder.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
Plant it in full sun now, but depending on what type you are planting, you
may not be able to harvest it till next year. In July, or when ever you are
ready to harvest it, dig a few, and check to see if they have divided into
cloves. If not, replant them and wait until next year. I plant elephant
garlic and if I don't plant it during the Aug or Sept before harvest, most
of it wont divide into cloves by the time I am ready to harvest.
I would suggest picking out a permanent place for garlic, plant a lot, pick
what you need and leave the rest. I usually harvest mine in July, cure it,
separate it into groups: 1-seed for next year (When I am ready to plant, I
break them apart, plant the biggest and use the rest), 2-entries for the
fair and 3-those I am going to eat or give away.
To cure garlic or onions, lay them out in a shed or garage (out of the sun
but still 70 to 80 degrees F.) where the air can circulate around them, and
leave them for 10 to 12 days. I usually wash the dirt off of mine after
digging but before curing. Others say leave them in the garden a day and
then break off the dirt and cure. I usually grow sweet onions, so they
don't store over a month anyway, but I still have a lot of garlic left from
I also plant several cloves around each fruit tree. There is an old wives
tail that it keeps some of the bugs away from your fruit. I also plant one
clove between each of my cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli plants to keep
rabbits away. I wont promise that either of these will work, but I haven't
had any rabbit damage since I started doing it.
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