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How and when should you plant garlic?

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Ideally, garlic should be planted in loamy, well-drained, fertile and slightly acidic soil, in an area that gets full sun. It's hardy in zones 3 to 8. Though garlic can be planted in the spring, it's best to plant in the fall for a summer harvest of robust bulbs.

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How and when should you plant garlic?
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If plating garlic in a place that gets a hard frost, the cloves should be put in the ground about a month before the ground freezes or two months before the frost. The cloves should be planted 2 inches deep and 4 inches apart. It is key to plant the cloves with the root end facing down.

Garlic should be mulched in colder climates, and the mulch should be cleared away as the weather warms. Flower shoots should be removed to make sure the energy of the plant goes into bulb production. The plant should be fertilized when needed and watered regularly while the bulbs are growing.

Bulbs purchased from the supermarket make inferior choices for planting in the garden. Those particular varieties of garlic bulbs might not be cultivated for thriving in a particular region and may not produce desired results. Cloves are best obtained from seed companies or garden centers.

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