How to plant garlic and keep your garden free of disease

This story was first published in October 2018.

Last year, we felt we had made some important mistakes in planting our garlic – and this is why we wanted to try harder to do it right this year.

Our biggest mistake was over time. Garlic should be planted in the fall or two after the first light frost. But life was busy and we missed that (big) window last year and decided to plant our garlic in the spring. Garlic, on the other hand, needs a cold season called vernialization to break down the bark and form an onion head. The garlic that was planted in the spring jumped that step, and most of the garlic heads we collected were just one larger, rounder shell than the usual small and distinctive branches.

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