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How To Grow Garlic In Your Yard or Garden

Updated on June 19, 2013
Growing Your Own Garlic
Growing Your Own Garlic
Garlic Growing In Garlic Bed
Garlic Growing In Garlic Bed

How To Grow Garlic

Growing Your Own Garlic

Once you grow your own garlic you won't be interested in the store bought garlic any longer. Because there's nothing like going out into your garden and picking your own fresh garlic to use in your cooking and sauces. You'll find that the flavor from your fresh picked garlic will be oh so delicious compared with store bought garlic.

Garlic takes about eight months to mature in your garden and you can grow it outdoors almost anywhere in the southern United States. You'll want to buy garlic bulbs at your local plant and garden store and you want to plant them at least six weeks before the soil freezes. In the deep south plant in January or early February to harvest in late summer to early fall.

Plant your garlic in the part of your yard or garden that gets full sun and if possible you will want your soil to be slightly acidic. Dig your garlic bed down to a depth of 8 to 10 inches and add compost as needed to insure that you have a good combination of fertility , good drainage, and moisture retention.

Be sure that you remove all weeds and grass as they will smother your new garlic out quickly if you let them get out of hand. Ideally you will want no weeds or grass in your garlic bed.

You will want to plant your new garlic bulbs 2 inches deep and 5 inches apart with the pointed end pointed up. For the giant elephant garlic variety increase your depth to 3 inches deep and 10 inches apart. Top dress your garlic plants with compost both to keep the weeds and grass out and to retain moisture. Mulch well after the ground freezes to protect your garlic that is growing under the ground.

Remove the mulch in spring after the danger of frost has past and then add back mulch once the garlic starts growing. To insure you have large bulbs of garlic cut back any flowers that develop and spray the young plants with compost tea about once a week for three weeks in the spring after the plants are growing.

Also be sure to read our page on Home Garden Dos And Donts by CLICKING HERE

You will want to give your growing garlic plants plenty of water. Wait until the plants turn yellow and fall over before you harvest your garlic bulbs. You can clip garlic leafs at any time to use in your cooking to add a delicious garlic flavor to almost anything you cook or to fresh garden salads.

A Quick Guide To Garlic

You will also want to make sure that you check out our Quick Guide To Garlic. And you can do that by CLICKING HERE

Also feel free to post any comments , hints , or tips you may have about growing garlic in the comment section below.



In some parts of the world garlic is hung on doors or above doors for protection. Some people think it keeps away vampires and other evil things.
In some parts of the world garlic is hung on doors or above doors for protection. Some people think it keeps away vampires and other evil things.

Feel free to post your garlic comments , hints tips and garlic growing advice now. Let us hear from you.

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      SolveMyMaze 3 years ago

      Interesting hub. I didn't know that it takes so long to grow the garlic, though.

      In my part of the world, it wouldn't be a problem to give the garlic plenty of water, it's always raining here! The only problem is getting enough sunshine.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I like your style. Voted up and tweeted. May we see a hub on making yhr garlic wreath? Glad to see so many garlic growers.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love the photos and tips. I tried to grow garlic once, but I didn't know what I was doing. Now I can try again! Voted useful.

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      nate 7 years ago

      ok, so i got some garlic bulbs and i planted them early march, will it mature fine or did i plant it too late

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome

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      countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

      Thanks CHG for the recipe. It looks yummy and will certainly try it.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Buy you some fresh minced garlic packed in water and try this quick and easy recipe for some of the best garlic bread you will ever eat.

      You need day old Italian Bread for this if possible. If not buy loaves of Italian bread and split it yourself to spread with your below garlic spread.

      In a bowl combine 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic, 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup of margarine, and 1 tablespoon fresh grated Parmesan cheese and mix very well. Spread on split Italian bread and toast until brown under your ovens broiler. I love it cut up in small pieces and you serve small cups of marinara sauce with it for dipping.

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      countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

      Now I have to make Garlic bread soon. ;)

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks Countrywomen and yes garlic is very easy to grow and fresh garlic is oh so delicious.

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      countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

      Very informative. I never knew growing Garlic can be easy. Thumbs up.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes garlic is very easy to grow. I have the elephant garlic growing in my garden. It is so delicious in sauces.

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      Queen of the Lint 7 years ago from The Laundry Room

      I've never thought about growing my own garlic. Your hub makes it look possible!

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