Every fall I have good intentions of planting garlic.  Like clockwork I seem  to forget for the past 10 years. Yet this past Sunday it finally popped into my head and I was able to get about 25 cloves planted.  Here is the quick guide to planting garlic.  In Wisconsin, I prefer to plant it in the fall so I have it come July when the tomatoes are ripening and I am canning marinara sauce.  So, depending where you are and your climate now may be a good time to “remember” to get the garlic in the ground!

Garlic is one of the easiest trouble free crops you can grow. We grow in zone 5, however, this info should be applicable for zones 5-8. Mid-October through mid-November is a idea planting time frame. (4-6 weeks before a hard frost)

Hit up your local farmer or farmers market and purchase your bulbs from a quality source. Purchasing locally will ensure you get a variety that thrives in your area.

  1. Prep your area with some fresh compost. Garlic prefers loose soil.
  2. Separate the cloves from the bulb. Do not peel the cloves.
  3. Make a slight trench with a dibber or shovel tip to make a row. Each row should be 6 inches apart.
  4. Place cloves 4 inches apart in the rows. The point side should be facing up towards you.
  5. Push the cloves into the soil approximately 2 to 4 inches deep.
  6. Cover with soil/compost.
  7. Water your rows.
  8. Optional – mulch the rows or add some compost on top.

Health Benefits

Garlic is a staple in our diets. Provided you have not been instructed to avoid it. Here are a few key reasons to add it in more regularly into your diet and garden.

  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Reduces high blood pressure.
  • Contains antibiotic & anti-fungal properties.
  • Contains antioxidants.
  • Highly nutritious: Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium.