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How to Plant Garlic
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How to Plant Garlic

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First of all, here's what you need before you plant garlic.

  • A large pot with good drainage
  • High quality potting mix
  • Garlic cloves that are fat, firm and healthy
  • Slow release fertilizer
  • Accessible water source

Once you've gathered all of the above, planting is easy.

  • Fill your container with potting soil about three inches from the top of your pot. If your potting soil doesn't have it already, mix in a slow release fertilizer.
  • Take your head of garlic and gently separate the cloves.
  • Place the cloves, pointy end up in the soil. You'll want them at least 3 inches apart.
  • Shovel soil onto cloves. If you live in a warmer climate, 3/4 to 1 inch of soil is fine. In colder areas cover with 2 inches of soil.
  • Pat soil gently to firm it on top of garlic.

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