Damien Scogin

Tip from the test garden

Sunset  – August 9, 2005

It’s prime planting time for garlic. Grow it in rich, well-drained soil in a spot that gets full sun. Early next summer, dig up mature bulbs after leafy tops fall over.

1 .  Before planting, break the “mother” bulb into individual cloves, leaving the skin attached. Save the largest cloves.

2.   Plant each clove with pointed end up. Space hardneck or softneck types 4 to 6 inches apart, and cover with 1 to 2 inches of soil in mild-winter areas, 3 to 4 inches in areas where the ground freezes. Plant elephant garlic 6 to 8 inches apart and cover with 4 to 6 inches of soil.