Whether you’re growing garlic for your own consumption or as a garden plant, it is easy to grow. It does well in many different types of soils and is resistant to many common pests. In addition, garlic acts as a natural pest deterrent. It can also help to deter rabbits, deer, and other wildlife.
Garlic plants do best in full sun. When planting garlic in a bed, leave a few inches of space around the edges. This can be useful for restraining pests, such as snails and worms. You can also plant garlic in a circle around the trunks of trees. This will deter rabbits from gnawing the bulbs and help to create a barrier fence.
Garlic is a natural fungicide, and its sulfur content will prevent fungal infections in nearby trees. Garlic also protects apple trees from apple scab. Moreover, it deters many kinds of aphids, spider mites, and other pests. In addition, garlic can help protect peach trees from leaf curl.
Garlic is a great companion plant for many other vegetables. You can plant garlic around rows of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables. In addition, garlic can be planted in a bed or garden, between rows of vegetables, or as a barrier fence. Garlic grows well in a wide range of soil conditions, and is highly tolerant of many pH levels.
Ideally, garlic is grown in a well-drained, rich, loamy soil. A soil test can be used to determine how much fertilizer to apply. Garlic plants also benefit from a good weed control program. Garlic also grows well in a raised bed or in pots. A container garden tends to dry out faster than soil, and may require watering in dry weather.
Garlic can be planted in the fall, in late summer, or early spring. In most areas, garlic should be fertilized in the early spring. This can be done with blood meal, pelleted chicken manure, or other synthetic nitrogen sources.
When planting garlic, remember to break the bulbs into individual cloves. It’s also important to space the cloves correctly. If the cloves are planted too close together, they may compete for nutrients. Also, garlic grows best in cool weather. This means that it should not be planted during hot summer months. If you live in a warm climate, you may want to plant garlic in late spring or early summer.
Garlic is a heavy feeder, and it should be fertilized regularly. The first application should be made in early spring, about two weeks before the foliage begins to yellow. Follow-up applications should be made about six weeks after the early spring application. If the foliage begins to dry, it may be time to stop feeding.
Garlic also works well in a crop rotation with other vegetables. It can be planted between rows of carrots or radishes. It’s also a great companion plant for fennel and chamomile, both of which provide nutrients to the soil. If you plant garlic in the same bed as peppers or beans, be sure that these plants are well spaced, or they may stunt the growth of the garlic.