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Selecting and Planting Garlic

By GrowOrganic.com on October 14, 2016

There are many varieties of garlic to consider when growing your own. Different flavors, hardneck or softneck, and most of all what grows in your area. In this video Tricia helps answer some of those questions.

  Comments (10)


Its still quite cold here in WA and my garlic is popping up green shoots, do I mulch over or let them be exposed?

Posted by Meghan Schrock on Mar. 08, 2017 at 9:18:18 AM

Meghan,  you should keep your garlic mulched if it is really cold. You don’t want the ground to freeze. The garlic will grow up through the mulch, so keep the mulch on, I think the green shoots that are exposed will be fine.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Mar. 09, 2017 at 4:43:57 PM


Re: soak in liquid kelp and baking soda: why? We’ve been planting garlic for five years and get 100% germination, no problem. It may or may not send up shoots before the ground freezes, but either way, it does just fine in the spring.

Posted by Bruce A Hamilton on Oct. 11, 2017 at 8:54:09 AM

Bruce, it is not a necessity to soak your garlic before planting. Some gardeners find that soaking in kelp and baking soda gets their garlic off to a better start. It is only an option. Sounds like your garlic does fine without it.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Oct. 11, 2017 at 10:17:35 AM


What is the best month for planting in Zimbabwe.

Posted by Maonei Nyoni on Dec. 04, 2017 at 4:57:54 AM

Maonei, I am not familiar with the seasons in Zimbaqbwe, but you would probably plant it in your fall or winter season. Keep in mind that we do not ship outside of the US, so you may need to go someplace local to purchase garlic.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Dec. 04, 2017 at 9:24:16 AM


New to Grass Valley Ca. I would like to plant a crop of garlic, what would you recommend?

Posted by Staycee on Jul. 27, 2018 at 7:49:13 PM

Staycee, Kind of depends on a couple of things, primarily your location in Grass Valley. Are you in the south county, like Alta Sierra or more north? You can plant either hardneck or softneck varieties if you are in the south part of the county. Hardnecks require colder temperatures, but just to let you know I live in Alta Sierra and I have had great success with hardnecks. One of our most popular variety of hardneck is Music garlic. Very nice flavor, not too hot, and grows into large bulbs. But keep in mind if you have gophers, put them in gopher baskets. Gophers love garlic and shallots and they will destroy your crop if not protected… speaking from personal experience with the little buggers!

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jul. 30, 2018 at 9:24:59 AM


I do all my gardening in pots I leave in south FL and would like to know if garlic will grow in a pot how tall and large should the pot be and which variety will be best

Posted by pascale on Oct. 28, 2018 at 3:30:07 AM

Pascale, you would be better to grow softneck garlic. They can grow in a large pot, like a smart pot. You will need to give them the same spacing as if you planted them in the ground. So depends on how much you want to grow, but at least a 30 gallon smart pot.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Oct. 31, 2018 at 2:32:00 PM

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