By the time November rolls around here in the North, our gardens have been cleared out, neatened up and prepped for a long winter rest. Something else you can do in preparation (or longing) for spring is to plant hard neck garlic bulbs before the ground freezes over. Hard neck garlic requires a “sleep” period of sorts after setting it’s roots in order to be able to produce in the spring.
Begin by making sure your area has been fully rototilled before mapping out your garlic rows. They’ll need to be 2 feet apart.
Cut the necks off your garlic bulbs before breaking the outer skin to reveal the cloves inside.
Dig down 6 inches deep for each row.
Place your cloves flat end down, pointed tip up. The cloves should be planted 6 inches apart.
Cover loosely with the soil you dug out to create the row.
Cover with some sort of mulch, like straw, grass clippings or chopped up leaves to prevent weeds, as garlic does not like competing with other growth.
Ta-da! You’re done! It really is that simple, and you’ll be able to harvest your garlic as soon as late July.