Directions for Planting
The best time to plant Music Garlic is in the Fall. Music Garlic is a Porcelain Garlic, one of the Hard Neck Varieties suited to our climate. It can grow to be 6’ Tall with the flowering stalk left on. Each clove planted in the fall will grow into one bulb containing 4 -6 cloves by the following summer.
For your Garlic to be successful make sure you have a well prepared and weed free bed, with good soil and in an area where it will get full sun. This is important since unlike most other vegetables, your fall planted Garlic will be spending the next 9 months in the ground.
The best time to plant your Garlic is Mid October, before the ground becomes too hard to work.
Break apart your cloves no more than one day prior to planting. Each clove should be planted with the Basal plate down and the pointy end up.
Plant your garlic from 4 to 6 inches deep and 4 – 6 inches apart. Once planted tamp them down & tuck them in for the winter with a mulch of chopped straw or leaves.
Your Garlic will start to emerge through the mulch first thing in the spring, usually by early May. If necessary pull away any mulch that is too heavy. You can return it when the plants get to be about 6” tall. This keeps your Garlic moist and also helps keep down the weeds. You must make sure to keep your Garlic weed free! Because of their narrow leaves Garlic will not do well if it has to compete with weeds for sun & nutrients.
In June your Garlic will send up a flower stalk (scape).This should be removed so that the plant can put energy into developing the Bulb. Scapes are edible & a much sought after seasonal treat!
Late July or early August is usually the time to harvest your Garlic. You can tell when to harvest your Garlic once the first few sets of lower leaves start to turn brown and have died back.
Pull up the plant & let dry in a warm airy place. Although you can eat it green, Garlic should cure for 4 – 6 weeks to fully mature.
Thank you for choosing Gagetown Garlic to Plant in your Garden & feel free to call or email us with any questions you have.
Joanne & Paul