Planting Garlic (The Stinking Rose)

October 14, 2010 | 11:10 am

Last summer a fellow gardener shared her home grown garlic with us. We added it to our homemade salsa. It was so good! She made garlic production sound fun and easy. Garlic is winter hardy therefore we can labor in the fall and the plants will emerge in early spring. Planting in the fall will give garlic more time to grow and develop into a larger bulb.

We found and bought a small bag of garlic bulbs at the garden center. Do not plant garlic purchased at the grocery store. It is not likely to germinate and grow successfully in your garden. My girls thought it was funny when I said we were going to plant the stinking rose. It definitely caught their attention. Garlic is also called the “stinking rose.” From my research, it’s not exactly known why it got this name.

Garlic is a member of the onion family and is planted in the same manner. Depending on your zone, most garlic can be planted in early autumn. To begin, I instructed the girls to break up the bulb into each individual clove. This was a very easy tactile chore for our busy little fingers to complete. I like gardening with big seeds!! When we plant carrots, the seeds are so tiny it’s easy for them to get scattered everywhere except where they are supposed to be planted.

I applied 2 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet to the garden bed where we were going to plant the garlic.  After we prepared the soil, each clove was dropped into the soil point-up and spaced 3 inches apart and 1 to 1 ½ inches deep. We watered the area and then covered the soil with straw mulch.

It will be a delight to see the little spouts poking through the soil after winter, when we are hungry for spring to arrive!