In most parts of the country, late fall is the best time of year to plant garlic. The cloves establish roots before the ground freezes and when spring comes the plants are ready to charge out of the ground. Bulbs usually mature by late July.
This year, garlic sold so fast on our website that we ran out in early October, but we’ve ordered more of the Garlic Collection. You might be lucky enough to find it locally — but hurry!
Here in Vermont it’s easy to tell when the garlic should be planted. Look up at the hillsides. If they’re a blaze of red, orange and yellow, it’s time. I’m always saying how easy it is to plant garlic. Now I have some photos to prove it (see slideshow, below). Planting enough garlic to last 12 months took me an hour. I might put in a few minutes weeding in early June, and I usually spend about 10 minutes cutting off the flower heads when they appear in early July. But, other than that, there’s nothing to do until the heads are ready to harvest.