Saturday, November 2, 2013

How to plant Garlic

Planting garlic in Rochester, Minnesota should occur between October 15 to November 15. That is approximate, and the real goal is two weeks before freeze up.

I like to put down a strip of compost about three inches thick and 12 inches wide to make a slight raised bed. We then plant one row of garlic down the middle of the compost strip and space the garlic about 4 inches apart. Don't forget to fertilize liberally underneath the compost before planting. The feritilizer has to last 9 months so I use a good organic fertilizer 8-4-5. 

The cloves will root before freeze up and the roots lock them into the soil, so the frost doesn't heave them out of the ground.

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