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Garlic

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Question: 188-5201
When can I plant garlic and can I plant it indoors? Flora, LaGrande, OR

Mort's Answer:
Garlic can be planted in the fall or in the spring. It has been grown asa houseplant. I would mix potting soil with a third of sand to insure drainage as an indoor plant. Use a sunny location indoors. Both the indoor and the outdoor plant could use a high middle number fertilizer. I like 5-10-10.A tablespoon will suffice indoors. Plant the garlic bulb at three times the depth in eastern Oregon. Put the fertilizer on top of the soil after planting.

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Question: 1453-3117
When can I plant my garlic bulbs? Do I need fertilizer? jim, Salem, CT

Mort's Answer:
Bulb sets or bulblets have sections called cloves that have a thin membrane between them. Break them up gently before planting in the middle of September in zone 6. Plant them 4-6 inches deep with an inch of sand at the bottom. Put the point up with the blunt end of the clover at the bottom. Next late summer save some of the bulb sets for replanting. Spring plantings are good as well but not as good as the fall. Plant them about five inches apart and side dress with 5-10-10 granular fertilizer.

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Question: 928-1713
My garlic turned soft after I dried it last year. We had a hot summer. All seven varieties spoiled. Was it the heat? Roy, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
Garlic should be harvested when the plant starts to weaken. Dig out the entire plant and hang it in a cool dry place for three to four weeks. After the curing, remove all parts except the cloves. Store them in onion sacks, if you can find them. Hard neck varieties can last to four months , while soft ones can last to six months. Softened garlic cloves can be very strong to the taste. It is often due to too much heat, cold or disease. Do not allow them to freeze at 32 degrees.

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Question: 1309-4015
Can I plant garlic in the spring or fall? Mel, East Greenwich, RI

Mort's Answer:
Garlic is perennial in zone six. It can be planted now or in the spring. Plant it in a five inch deep hole and add sand to your soil for good drainage. You will that garlic bulbs will split as time goes by. You could make separate holes for the new bulbs in the future. Some bonemeal on the top of the holes will add phosphorus, a key element.

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