Growing Garlic in Warm Climates

GarlicGarlic is planted about a month before the first frost.  It is a crop that loves the cold.  But if you are in a warmer climate what do you do? Well here are a few tips to help you out.

  1. Place the garlic in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 weeks.
  2. Grow in a container.  Garlic likes loose soil where water can drain.
  3. Place container in an area where it gets the sun in the morning but also the shade in the afternoon.
  4. Open up the garlic bulb and remove the cloves leaving the outer paper still on. The clove should be planted with the blunt side down and the pointed part up.
  5. Plant about 2-4 inches deep. The farther into the soil you go, the cooler it will be.
  6. Water deeply and apply 2-4 inches of mulch to keep soil cool.

There are two types of garlic.  They are hard neck garlic and soft neck garlic.  The hard neck extends through out the bulb and takes up some space where closes would be.  In the soft neck variety you will get a lot more cloves per head.  They also do better in warmer climates (zones 5-10) while hard neck garlic does better in cold climates (Zones 3-4). Soft neck garlic typically lasts longer in storage.

For a step by step guide on growing garlic in warmer climates, click on the video below.

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