30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic

Posted February 20, 2017 by Lauren Dibble in Gardening / 0 Comments


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guide to growing garlic

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?

This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Garlic should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!


This is the first year we’ll be growing garlic. I’ve read around the inter-webs that garlic provides a huge return on your investment, and it peaked my interest. Craig from Profitable Plants Digest has written a bunch of articles on growing crops, including garlic, for profit. He says you can make $8 per square foot of garlic! With how low maintenance it is throughout the growing season, and how simple harvesting more for the following year is, we’re experimenting with a large crop of garlic. I’ll be sure to write an updated post on our success (or failure!).

Growing garlic this year? Here’s what you need to know:

Soil pH



6-8 hours


1/2 inch a week. Stop watering 3 weeks before harvest.

Planting Time

In the Fall a month before the ground freezes

Compatible With

Beets, Kale, Spinach, Potatoes, Carrot, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cabbage

Avoid Planting With

Beans, Asparagus, Peas, Sage, Parsley


4-6 inches.


Mulch heavily over Winter. Cut off flowers (scapes) when they appear. EAT.

Harvesting Fruit

Harvest when the tops begin to yellow and droop; usually 6-7 months.

Saving The Seeds

Let dry for at least two weeks in a dry, shady area. Each head of garlic can then be broken up into individual cloves, which can be planted next year.

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