Planting Garlic

by Kimberly Hickok

If you’ve never planted garlic before, now is the time to give it a try. Garlic is a bulb that is planted in the fall and harvested the following summer. The steps are pretty simple:

  1. Acquire some garlic. Mine came from the garlic festival in Saugerties, NY. You can also find it at your local home and garden store or you can order it online.
  2. Separate the bulbs into cloves.
  3. Plant 2″-3″ apart in rows that are about 12″ apart.
  4. Label your rows (both ends).
  5. Wait for winter to come and go . . . harvest next summer

These are the four garlic varieties I planted.

Use a rake to help make straight, evenly spaced rows.

Break apart the bulb into cloves. Place the cloves in the rows. This will help you make sure you have enough space for all your garlic.

I use a wooden stake to plant the garlic. Not only does it make a small perfect hole that’s just the right depth, it also keeps vampires away!

The hole needs to be just big enough to hold the clove.

Label your rows.

It doesn’t look like much now but in the spring you’ll have a very gratifying crop of garlic growing.


This is what your garlic will look like by mid-May.

You can find tips on how to harvest your garlic here.


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