Allium sativum L.
4 cloves per square foot
Plant cloves 5 cm (2″) deep. Firm the soil with your fingertips.
Hottest and sunniest spot in your garden. pH around 6-6.5.
Adapted to many climates, garlic is easy to grow and is bothered by few pests. Garlic is often planted as a companion to other plants to keep pests away.
Garlic cloves need to be planted in the late fall. We plant the cloves in late October or early November as we’re putting the beds to sleep for the winter.
Break apart head of garlic, but be careful not to damage the cloves. Press the clove into the earth. When spring growth begins, water to keep the soil slightly moist. As harvest approaches, watering should be less frequent to avoid moulding or staining. Garlic grows a “scape” that becomes curled at the top and ends up with seeds. Cut this scape off to redirect energy to bulb growth. The scape is absolutely delicious garlic taste – don’t throw it away!