Whether you are trying to keep the vampires away, or the deer at bay, garlic is a great plant to grow mid-autumn.
Garlic is an easy plant to grow in fall that can be done in backyard gardens.It's important to note that garlic should be planted 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. Ideally, plants should begin growing before Thanksgiving - October is a safe time to start.
Here are the steps required to grow garlic at home:
- Loosen soil with a digging fork and spread 2-3 inches of organic matter over the area. Begin digging in!
- Choose a variety of garlic to plant. The two main types are softneck and hardnecks; however, softnecks produce more garlic cloves and last longer during the harvest period.
- Break off the garlic bulb and plant the biggest cloves with root-side down. Leave 4-8 inches of space between garlic cloves in all directions.
- Add fertilizer at least once per month and plenty of water. Garlic is forgiving to lack of water; but the plant doesn't like to dry out. If the soil feels dry, it may be time to add H2o.
- Harvest garlic in late spring or early summer when plants have 5-6 green leaves with more than one of them turning brown in color.
Garlic needs a lot of full sun, but it might tolerate partial shade provided it's not for very long during the day or growing season. Garlic is one type of deer-resistant plants to grow that can be used in a variety of dishes year-round. It is always a great plant to keep on-hand at home.