Saturday, October 10, 2009

garlic planting

The garlic is in! I prepared a very nice bed for the cloves by double digging, making sure there weren't any sticks and stones in the soil, and added a great, big bucket of compost. I planted 2 varieties, one is Creston, a purple, soft-neck and the other a regular, white hard neck. I watered them in well, and once I've raked up some leaves for mulch off the grass, will be tucking them in for protection on frosty nights.


  1. Interesting reading re: your method of planting Garlic. Is this a tried and tested route ? We plant the garlic so that the tips of each clove is just below the surface, with the rooting end pointing downwards. We don't use any kind of frost protection, as the frost is required to aid the splitting / growing of the new bulb. The addition of a bucket of compost is a good idea, but I wouldn't worry too much about double digging the bed, after all garlic is a fairly shallow growing bulb. Good luck with this sowing.

  2. Very nice! I have yet to get ours done {eek!}. It looks like we will be doing two hardneck varieties, Russian Red Giant and Porcelain. :)

  3. I haven't planted garlic for a number of years due to a soil virus. We're trying it again, to see if things have improved... hopefully! At least they have been planted in a different part of the garden.
    I followed direction for planting from the Rainy Side gardening blog - specific for the Pacific Northwest area:
    thanks for the good luck wishes!