In New England, garlic grows best when planted in the fall. Some growers plant it in September; others as late as mid-October.
Begin by breaking up dry garlic heads into individual cloves amidst. Prepare beds by removing all weeds and raking to a smooth surface. Lay down soaker hoses at fall planting if you plan to use them next summer.Use a dibble to make a hole 3-4″ deep. Plant garlic 2” to 3” deep at 6” spacing. Stagger rows for maximum yield per bed, being sure to maintain that spacing in all directions. Cover garlic with soil or let the first rain push soil into the dibbled holes.
Garlic may grow as much as 4-6″ in a mild fall. Once the ground freezes, mulch the garlic bed with 1″ to 1.5” of non-matting straw as winter mulch. Avoid hay with weed seeds. The mulch prevents the sun from warming soil surfaces to prevent a thaw/freeze cycle and winter heaving.
In spring, top dress with blood meal per soil test recommendations. Keep beds weed-free all season. Weed competition will lead to smaller bulbs. Water during dry periods. Stop watering when the top leaves begin to brown and die back in mid-summer and prepare to harvest garlic.
New Urban Farm
NOFA/RI will host a CRAFT workshop on garlic, shallots, onions and more at New Urban Farmers on Wednesday, September 10. Learn more about this workshop, All About Alliums here.
Read about Garlic Planting Day at Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm in nearby Middleboro, MA here.
Sunday, August 10, 10 a.m. – 5.p.m.
The Farmer’s Daughter & Landscape Creations of RI
715/716 Mooresfield Road, South Kingstown, RI
The Green Marketplace Festival celebrates Rhode Island’s tradition of horticulture, agriculture and landscape stewardship. Help celebrate our state’s Green Economy andorganic growers. Be sure to visut the NOFA/RI booth.
This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with activities for the whole family including Hands on Demonstrations ~ Family Fun Activities, Exhibits & Vendors ~ Live Music ~ Learn from the Experts ~ Green Businesses ~ Great Food ~ Big Nazo Puppets ~ Story Telling ~ BoldrDash
In “Learn from the Experts” landscape professionals will offer workshops on a variety of topics — stay tuned for a complete listing once the schedule is finalized!
There is ample free on-site parking. Admission costs $10 adults / $5 age 12-18 / under 12 Free / $25 maximum per family (4+)
New this year will be BoldrDash,New England’s premiere military-style obstacle course race that tests your strength and stamina with obstacles designed to meet all fitness levels – elite to beginner. There will be two separate courses, one for adults and another for children.
See photos from past events here.