How to plant garlic
Ready to plant some garlic of your own? That’s great.
Most varieties of garlic need to be planted in late fall. This is because garlic plants need a period of cold (but not freezing) weather for proper bulb development. Here’s how to plant your garlic crop:
1. Clear some soil
To plant your crop, you will need to first clear a patch of soil. Make sure to remove any weeds or residual crops from the previous season.
2. Add compost and EM-Bokashi
Before planting your crop, enrich your soil EM-Bokashi and compost. Dig this into the soil then rake over the entire area.
3. Plant your cloves
It’s time to plant those cloves. Lay out a few rows about 30 centimeters apart and add holes about 15 centimeters apart (use a dibber if you have one). Once you’ve done this, push an individual clove of garlic into each hole.
4. Protect your crop
Lay some netting or protective fleecing over your newly planted cloves until they have grown to approximately 5 centimeters in height to protect your crop from those pesky birds and other wildlife. If you live in a particularly cold climate, you may also need to cover your crop for the winter.
Short of space? Plant your garlic in a container
If you’re short of space, then don’t think you can’t grow garlic. You can grow garlic in individual containers. All you need is a pot of 15 centimeters diameter or more. Fill the pot with compost and sow a few cloves (around three) making sure to leave plenty of space around each one. Fill the container with high quality compost and make sure to water your plant weekly with EM-1 Microbial Inoculant