How to Grow Garlic in a zone 4 vegetable Garden


If you live in the north country and grow garlic you are probably looking forward to harvesting it around the middle of July. There is nothing like fresh garlic to sauté and use in your favorite recipes.
If you are new to planting garlic in your vegetable garden it is not difficult. In the north country this is usually a fall planting around the end of September to the middle of October. So now is a good time to be doing your planning. You can use garlic from a grocery store or order whatever variety suites you best . Many mail order companies will ship your bulbs in the fall right around planting time for your area.
Plant regular size garlic 3 to 4 inches apart. For elephant garlic you should give them little more room- about 6 inches should do the trick. Plant them in a wide row. Push the clove pointed end up into the ground to just below the surface. Water them good and cover your patch with mulch to protect them over the winter.
In the spring give them a side dressing of fertilizer. About mid summer when the garlic tops fall over and die, pull up the bulbs. Let them dry in the sun for a few days. You can braid the tops or store them in mesh bags.

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