It’s not too late to get your garlic in the ground. I waited until after hurricane Sandy, just in case the soil was water logged. I’ll be out there this weekend tucking it in. Garlic is very easy to grow. Plant it a couple of inches deep, pointed end up. Water weekly. Wait for the tops to start browning. Dig. Let dry. Eat.
There are very few garlic growing caveats, except maybe the mistake I made last year – don’t grow next to peas or beans.
1. Mulch with about 4 in. (10 cm) of straw or shredded leaves, after planting in the fall. By spring, the mulch will have flattened out to half that height, enough to inhibit weeds and conserve moisture.
2. Garlic is a heavy feeder, but you’ll get better bulbs if you feed early in the spring, rather than during the growing season. And always start off planting them in a soil rich in organic matter.
3. Stop watering 2 – 3 weeks after you cut the garlic scapes. You could also leave the scapes on a couple of plants and when they have curled and are pointing straight up, stop watering then. This lets the garlic begin hardening off, before digging. Dig when the bottom leaves start turning brown.
4. It’s hard, but always save the largest cloves, if you are planning on replanting.
5. If you don’t get your garlic planted in the fall, in cool climates, you can still plant it in early spring. The bulbs won’t be as large as fall planted garlic, but it’s better than nothing.