This year, I joined a number of gardening groups on social media. Either local groups or cold climate/zone 3 gardening groups. It’s pretty cool to see how many first time gardeners have been joining the groups and asking all sorts of questions.
This is the time of year for planting hard neck garlic, as we did yesterday, and there is a LOT of discussion on these groups right now, and people are sharing some really good links.
One really good video I saw shared was uploaded just yesterday, and it give a lot of good information. I think you’ll enjoy it, too.
He talks about hard neck garlic, soft neck garlic, seed garlic and even using store bought garlic, too.
I didn’t realize Elephant garlic isn’t actually garlic!
He talks about lots more, including harvesting “wet garlic”, which was something I wondered about when checking our own garlic last year.
Among the most discussed things I’ve been seeing in the gardening groups has been how deep to plant the cloves. There is a LOT of differing, even conflicting, advice. The thing is, the conflicting advice isn’t necessarily wrong. There can be quite a bit of variance, based on climate zones. For those in zone three, like myself, this was an excellent link that was shared. I also found this video, specific to planting garlic in zone 3.
I found it interesting that he says to leave the curing garlic out in the rain!
For those who aren’t necessarily in colder climates, here’s a video from MI Gardener (published September, 2018)
A lot of gardeners on my groups get seeds from MI Gardener, too, and are very happy with what they get.
There is a lot of information and advice out there, but if you can’t follow all of it, you know what? You can still get good garlic! We didn’t plant our cloves as deep as recommended for out zone, yet they survived the Polar Vortex just fine. We don’t have compost or manure to add, and we still got decent sized bulbs. That’s one of the beauties of gardening. You can do all sorts of things “wrong”, and chances are, you’ll still get decent results. What works in your own specific garden may also be quite different from what works in other places, too, so it will always be a learning experience.
Which is half the fun of the whole thing!
For those reading, do you have other things you plant in the fall? I’ve read about a number of vegetables that can be seeded in the fall, and plan to try it in the future, as we get our garden more established. If you plant garlic, do you plant hard or soft neck varieties? What works for you?