Planting Garlic – Garden Tip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 7, 2010

It’s that time.  It’s garlic planting time!

When it comes to planting garlic for the spring, here are a few guidelines you’ll want to follow…

  • Plant in a location with full sun, that is well drained, with nutrient rich soil (from compost or fertilizer)
  • Separate the cloves in the bulb, and peel apart individual bulbs.
  • Use only the larger cloves from the outside of the bulb for best results.
  • Place in the hole with the flat-bottom pointing down.

  • Top with nutrient rich soil.
  • Add layer of mulch, straw, leaves.
  • Water.
  • Watch and wait for sprouts.
  • Harvest bulbs come spring time.

There you have it.  A few tips and tricks for planting garlic in your garden.

(Here’s hoping that the pesky chipmunks don’t dig it up.  At least I can rest knowing that they’ll have really bad breath if they choose to lunch on it!)

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tianna October 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Can I just use a garlic purchased from the grocery store? Or do I need to buy one from a nursery?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm


I used one from the grocery store. If you want a specialty bulb/flavor/strength, then you’ll have to get one from a nursery or farmers market. :)


jennifer owen October 9, 2010 at 12:14 am

Hmmmm, wonder if I could plant some in a pot?


Nicole October 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I’m also wondering about planting in a pot. Also, do you peel the bulb or leave it just the way it is in the picture on the top?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

Just leave it with the flaky skin…no need to peel. :)


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