Growing Certified Organic Seed Garlic
Are you a First Time Garlic Grower?
Garlic is oddly easy to grow and care for. It also tastes far better than the grocery version. In fact, homegrown garlic is exceptionally fresh, juicy and definitely full of flavor. Don’t worry if you have limited room in your garden, Organic Garlic takes up very little ground to grow.
In growing organic garlic, I’d say the hardest part is deciding what variety you want. Keep in mind that garlic needs the right soil (well-drained, rich, loamy soil is best), is very happy in a raised bed (but not necessary, especially in dry areas) and needs to be planted the right time.
When to Plant Organic Garlic
Planting organic garlic in the fall will produce larger bulbs and a more flavorful taste.
Here are a few tips on when and how to plant:
- * Plant your cloves about a month before the ground freezes
- * In areas that have a hard frost, plant garlic 6-8 weeks before frost
- * For southern areas, plant in February or March
- * Make sure and have well-drained soil that has plenty of organic matter
- * Select a sunny area in your garden, plant cloves (with papery husk) 4 inches apart and 2 inches deep
Never plant bulbs that you get from the grocery store. Most are treated to give them a longer shelf life. It is best to buy organic garlic bulbs from a reliable seed company such as Botanical Interests.
UPDATE: It is now April. If you plant garlic very soon, you might get a crop this late fall. If you do not get a harvest, then next spring the garlic will kick off early and you will have an amazing crop!
Planting Flower Bulbs for the Spring
The best time to plant your flower bulbs is in the fall. In truth, most spring-blooming bulbs need a period of cold dormancy in order to bloom.
If you have a problem with deer, you can plant bulbs they don’t like such as daffodil, grape hyacinth, allium, English bluebell, fritillaria, various violets or snowdrop.
It is also the perfect time to plant organic tulips, daffodils and other flower bulbs. So don’t forget to check out the wide variety of flower bulbs Botanical Interests has to offer.
You can find numerous organic seeds, heirloom seeds, supplies & tools, herbs and more…