Growing Garlic Plants - Tim's Tips November 2021

Garlic Plants Are For Sale At King Feed

As one of the most universally used vegetables in the world, garlic is easy to grow, with few pitfalls to avoid. If you have a sunny, well-drained garden spot, you can easily have a crop of fresh garlic in your kitchen in just a few months!

Do not plant garlic cloves from the grocery store.

They may be unsuited varieties for this area, and most are treated to make their shelf life longer, making them harder to sprout. Instead, get fresh, certified seed garlic cloves from King Feed, your hometown nursery.

Garlic prefers neutral soil.

That's why you should enrich your native soil with plenty of organic material such as peat moss, compost, humus, or well-rotted leaves. They are also heavy nitrogen feeders, so mix in some cottonseed meal or blood meal to provide a steady supply.

When To Plant Garlic In Wimberley

Anytime in October or early November is okay. This will make bulbs that are bigger and more flavorful when you harvest next May and June. Break apart cloves from the mother bulb a few days before planting, to let the breaks heal over before planting. Keeping the papery husk on each individual clove, place individual cloves 4 inches apart and 2 inches deep, in an upright position with the wide root side facing down and pointed end facing up. They will likely sprout and grow all winter here, but in harsh winters of the sort we rarely have, they will go dormant, and shoots will emerge through the ground in early Spring.

How To Tell Garlic is Ripe?

You will know they are ripening when the tops begin to yellow and fall over. Harvest them at this time, before the tops are completely dried out. Dig under and lift them with a spade or fork, shake off the dirt and hang them in a shady, dry place until completely dry. They can be stored individually with the tops removed, or the tops can be braided into one another for storage and decorating. They will last the longest in dry, dark, cool places.

Be sure to save some of your prettiest, biggest, best-formed bulbs for planting again in the fall! Barring a crop failure, or other calamity, you can keep them going indefinitely.

Garden happy, garden well!

Tim Thompson 2021

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