About all the intricacies of growing a crop: planting garlic

 About all the intricacies of growing a crop: planting garlic

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The responsibility for the success of garlic cultivation lies most of all with the properly organized planting of the plant.

Here you not only need to choose high-quality seed, but also know all the subtleties and features of planting a vegetable crop.

The article will help you figure out how to choose the right seed and with which crops it is better to plant garlic so that it grows better. We will also figure out how to deal with possible difficulties in growing.

Landing features

The planting of garlic depends on several determining factors. Consider the features of planting this vegetable crop:

  • Garlic varieties have two large groups - spring and winter. They differ in properties and planting methods. Spring garlic is moderately hot, contains up to 25 teeth in the head, the shaft is soft. Famous for keeping quality, it is planted in spring. Winter crops have large teeth, a dense core. Gives large yields, which fall at the time of home harvesting. Planted in the fall. It is not stored for a long time (for more information about whether it is possible to plant winter garlic in spring, read our article).
  • Planting garlic depends on the climatic conditions of the area. Early snowfalls will help warm crops, the need for shelter will disappear, in the northern regions it is imperative to shelter.
  • Planting agrotechnology includes: compliance with crop rotation, planting dates, the presence of a sunny site, loamy soil, not using fresh manure, pre-sowing work, mandatory mulching when planting before winter.
  • To obtain a large amount of high-quality planting material, bulb seeds of arrow-headed varieties are used.

Compatibility with other summer crops

When planting garlic, you need to consider compatibility with other vegetable crops. It is possible to identify the main groups of plants that for garlic will be:

  • Compatible - carrots, cucumbers, parsley, potatoes, salads, tomatoes, beetroot.
  • Incompatible - beans, beans, peas, cultivated parsnips.

How to choose a material?

Garlic for planting is carefully selected - the future harvest depends on the planting material: Teeth, bulbs and one-tooth should be:

  1. Healthy, dense, not damaged by pests or diseases.
  2. Not overdried, not rotten.
  3. Medium size, or large (bulbs not less than 0.3 cm).

Choose from varieties of garlic for planting - purple with stripes. It is unpretentious and frost-resistant, stored for up to 9 months, heads weigh up to 150 g.

How much is needed for seeding per 1 hundred square meters?

The amount of garlic per 1 hundred square meters depends on the planting scheme. If you leave between the beds - 40 cm, and between the bushes - 20 cm, then about 350 heads will go to a hundred square meters, or from 10 to 13 kg of garlic with large heads, and - 7 kg if one-toothed. Seeding rate of seeds (bulbs) - 200 g per 10 m2.

Time of work

The timing of planting garlic depends on the following factors:

  • Climatic zone. In some areas, the plant is planted twice a year: in spring and autumn (before winter). The air temperature should be up to + 10 ° С. In the south, it is November, in temperate latitudes starting in September. Before frost should be at least two weeks. The root system should develop, but the sprout has not yet appeared. Otherwise, the plant will not overwinter.
  • Embedding depth. If planted to a depth of 20 cm, then it is more advisable to plant at the end of the summer period, and to provide care in the fall. When planting (up to 8 cm) - two weeks before stable frosts.
  • Varieties. A winter vegetable is planted in autumn, a spring vegetable in spring.

Sometimes gardeners use the lunar or sowing calendar for a year to calculate the exact date of planting a vegetable crop.

What tools are used?

There are various attachments for planting vegetables. A smart choice will make the job easier. Garlic planting tools:

  1. Manual garlic planter. It is a simple, economical mechanism that is transported and adjusted by hand. It will suit those gardeners whose possessions are not large. This mechanism must maintain a straight line when planting, deepen the soil to the desired depth, and place the tines evenly.
  2. Seeder for garlic. A device that makes the planting process less laborious. Effective for large amounts of land given over to garlic. The soil is pre-prepared by leveling. The principle of operation is that the opener cuts grooves into which the seeds are placed. Then the openers cover the teeth with soil and huddle the beds.
  3. Seeder with mini tractor. Greatly reduces the time spent on work, but requires a lot of fuel consumption. Packing rollers help complete the planting process. The ability to use cloves and "bulbs" as planting material.
  4. Homemade garlic planter. A step is welded to a metal pipe. To form a hole in the ground, you should put your foot against the step and press on it. A clove of garlic is placed in the resulting hole and covered with soil mixed with ash.

You can learn more about the varieties of garlic planters here.

All about how to plant in open ground

At home, as well as in the open field, winter and spring varieties are used for planting garlic. But the difference is that in the first case, garlic is planted at any time of the year, creating artificial optimal conditions for the growing season. In the spring, boxes with crops are kept on glazed balconies and window sills.

Unlike at home, when planting garlic in open ground, the plant should be planted in such a way that it does not have time to germinate before frost and die. Then, as at home, you can control the planting process: place the boxes with sown garlic in a bright, cool room with an optimal temperature (more nuances about growing garlic at home can be found here).

The difference in caring for planted garlic:

  • Vegetable crops are demanding on soil moisture. At home, the plant needs to be watered rarely, but abundantly, since the soil in pots (due to its small volume) dries out faster than in the garden.
  • When planting garlic in containers, the soil should be well fertilized with humus, liquid or granular flower dressings. Since the root system of the plant, the soil in the pots is quickly depleted.

Is it possible and how to properly grow from seeds?

In addition to cloves and one-toothed garlic, you can plant garlic using seeds (bulbs), which the arrowhead plant varieties form on the flower stems.

There are the following planting methods:

  1. Growing a plant in seedlings with transplantation. The principle is that the seedlings are planted in the same year before winter, or next spring. Then he is transplanted to a new place.
  2. Seedless. In this way, garlic is grown by planting seeds in the soil. If the garlic is winter, then full-weight cloves, one-toothed bulbs and bulbs are used. It will take two seasons to grow a ready-made bulb from a bulb, and one from a clove. Bulbules with this method are not dug out, leaving to overwinter. A year later, a larger onion is taken out at this place.

You need to choose a planting method based on the climatic conditions of the area, the availability of planting material, and variety.

How should a germinated root be rooted?

Garlic sprouted in spring can be planted in the garden both in April and in May. By the fall, large bulbs (one-toothed) will appear. They can be left in the ground (harvest next year), or dug up and used as seed.

Planting sprouted garlic at home in boxes is as follows:

  1. Go through the heads, remove the unusable ones.
  2. Divide into parts, discarding diseased teeth.
  3. Trim dry roots carefully.
  4. Soak the sprouted teeth in a 0.5% solution of potassium permanganate for 2-3 hours. Solution temperature up to 40 ° С.
  5. Plant the softened and disinfected cloves in a container, in which to fill the garden soil to the bottom.
  6. Water the plants in moderation before they get wet.
  7. Before rooting, the boxes of garlic should be removed to a cool place (no more than + 12 ° C).

Step-by-step instruction

What is the soil and sowing depth?

If it is possible to prepare the site in advance, then it is better to do this a month or a half before planting. Fertile loamy soils are suitable for garlic crops, acidity is neutral. Salt marshes and acidic soils, places with stagnant water should not be taken away for garlic.

Soil preparation is as follows:

  1. The site is thoroughly cleaned of weeds.
  2. If fertilizers were not applied under the predecessors, then a month before planting, scatter humus (4-5 kg ​​/ sq. M), mixed with wood ash (1 glass). Fertilize with superphosphate, potassium salt before sowing.
  3. On the eve of planting (12 - 14 days), carefully dig up the soil. Depth - shovel bayonet.
  4. Cover the dug up place with foil.


To plant garlic, you will need the following tools:

  • bayonet shovel;
  • rake;
  • hoes;
  • manual flat cutter;
  • pitchfork;
  • buckets;
  • watering can;
  • Those tools that require sharpening (hoe, flat cutter) must be sharpened.

    Preparation and processing of cloves and bulbs

    Healthy samples of winter garlic should be pink-purple in color. In spring garlic, only chives are used for planting, it belongs to non-shooting varieties and does not form bulbs. Garlic for planting is prepared directly on the eve of sowing.

    To do this, you need to act in this way:

    1. Divide the heads into separate cloves, calibrate, choosing large ones - they will give a more powerful harvest.
    2. Discard sick and damaged ones, carefully examine the bottoms for the presence of a root system.
    3. Disinfect.
    4. Dry.

    Attention. If the bottom is separated from the cloves, then rooting will take place faster, but it is not necessary to peel the garlic from the external dry parts.

    There are several ways to disinfect planting material:

    • soak in a weak solution of potassium permanganate or copper sulfate for a day;
    • treat with an ash-alkaline or saline solution;
    • soak for two hours in 40% formalin solution;
    • treat with Totril herbicide, to increase immunity and prevent weed growth;
    • warm the cloves for 15-20 minutes in hot water or (40C) for the prevention of fungal diseases.

    Preparing bulbs for planting:

    1. At the moment when the covers on the peduncles open, gently pull the plants out of the soil along with their heads.
    2. Shake off the ground, tie to dry in a cool place with the roots upwards.
    3. After drying, carefully remove the bulbs.
    4. Select dense bulbs with a diameter of at least 3 mm.

    Bulbules are used to heal seed material. Otherwise, garlic may degenerate in 4-5 years.

    Watch a video on how to properly prepare and process garlic before planting:

    Seat selection

    You should choose a dry, well-lit place. The predecessors can be green manure, legumes and melons. These vegetable crops saturate the soil with mineral elements, which has a beneficial effect on the growing season of garlic. It is undesirable to plant after potatoes, as they deplete the soil.

    It is not recommended to re-grow garlic in the same area, the interval should be at least 4 years. After harvesting, the place needs to be changed.

    Diagram of how to form rows

    Garlic is planted in rows, leaving wide aisles (40-45 cm) for the formation of high-quality heads. And also to simplify weeding and soil cultivation. The planting pattern of a vegetable crop depends on the size of the seed and the climatic conditions.

    When choosing the optimal scheme, they are guided by the following criteria:

    • Large teeth and one-toothed teeth are planted to a depth of 15 cm, in increments of 15-20 cm.
    • For shallow ones, the embedment depth is 6-8 cm, the step is 8 cm.
    • For bulbs, the sowing depth is 3-4 cm, the step in the row is 3 cm, in the row spacing - 15 cm.

    At a great depth of sowing, the cloves will root more easily, avoid freezing. But with such a deepening, the growth process of garlic is inhibited.


    To get a high-quality harvest, you must follow the rules for planting a vegetable crop. The technology of autumn (before winter) planting of garlic consists of the following actions:

    1. The prepared area should be watered first.
    2. In the prepared place, grooves are formed (the distance in the row spacings, as well as the pitch and depth of planting of the cloves are set according to the scheme).
    3. Pour in clean river sand and ash as drainage.
    4. Plant the teeth vertically (do not lay on their side).
    5. Do not water, mulch on top with straw, foliage, sawdust, peat crumb (height 5-10 cm). The mulch should be removed in the spring as soon as the weather is warm, so that sunlight penetrates the sprouts.
    6. In a snowless winter, cover the beds with roofing material or film, insulate with spruce branches, sawdust.

    Consider the main stages of spring planting of garlic:

    1. The plot is prepared in autumn, compost (5 kg per 1 sq. M), superphosphate (5 g), potassium salt (3 g) are added.
    2. At the beginning of field work, when the snow melts, there is no threat of frost, garlic (since its root system is formed already at a temperature of + 2 ° C) is prepared for planting.
    3. The ground is marked by delineating rows with the desired row spacing.
    4. Lay drainage in the drawn grooves.
    5. Teeth and one-toothed teeth are planted vertically according to a given pattern.

    Bulbules are sown manually or with the help of special seeders according to a given pattern. After completing sowing, I mulch the rows with compost or humus.

    When planting, you do not need to press hard or twist the cloves into the soil, otherwise the growth of the roots will slow down, or the garlic will come out.

    Further care

    If the vegetable culture has time to take root before stable cold weather, overwinter - in the future it will not need special care. In terms of agricultural technology, winter varieties are more demanding, but with proper care, their yield is higher, the heads are larger.

    Plant care is as follows:

    1. Cleaning the beds. With the arrival of spring, remove the protective film, rake out the mulch, with a small layer of surface soil (up to 2 mm), so that it is easier for the shoots to break through.
    2. Watering. Young plants need to be watered regularly (once every 10 days). From the moment the heads are formed, cut watering. Water more frequently during dry seasons. Vegetable crops don't like over-watering. This can lead to fungal diseases, rotting.
    3. Loosening. The next day after watering, the garlic needs to be weeded, the soil near the bushes should be loosened
    4. Top dressing. Vegetable crops respond well to organic fertilizers. With the beginning of the growing season, a solution of wood ash (200 g per 10 l), bird droppings is introduced.
    5. Removing arrows. In June, the arrowhead plants produce flower stalks. They need to be removed by breaking off. If the arrows are left, then the heads of garlic are formed small, because the flower stems take a lot of energy from the plant. Several plants can be left with seeds for propagation.
    6. Pest control. Potash and other trace minerals in fertilizers help in pest control. If you water the plant with a yeast solution, then it will saturate the soil with useful substances and increase immunity against fungal diseases. You can treat insects with fugicides.

    Attention. With the seedling method of planting, when the first leaves appear, the plants need to be fed with organic fertilizers, when flower arrows appear - with complex mineral fertilizers (3 tablespoons per 10 liters of water).

    Ways to get the harvest

    There are two effective ways to grow garlic.
    How to plant a plant correctly?

    • When planting with teeth:
      1. How to grow seedlings? In the garden, where the garlic grew, bushes appeared in the spring, which grew from the heads that were not dug out during the harvest. They can be planted on a garden bed prepared in the fall. Leaving in the same place for the second year is undesirable. The plant tolerates transplantation well. At the same time, the roots must be slightly trimmed so that they do not bend.
      2. A reckless way. In this way, garlic is grown by planting seeds in the soil. It will take two seasons to grow a ready-made bulb from a bulb, and one from a clove. Spring propagates only by denticles.
    • When planting in bulbs:
      1. Seedling method. This method is considered traditional, but labor intensive. The bulbs are sown in rows with an embedment of no more than 1.5 cm.When the foliage is dry, the one-toothed ones are dug up. The calibrated planting material is stored in the cold and planted in the fall.
      2. A reckless way. The collected bulbs are sown on the beds (every 2-3 cm). They are left for the winter in the same place. The crop is harvested in the fall - one-tooth or heads with 4-5 teeth.
    • When planting sprouted garlic:
      1. Seedling method. Garlic sprouted in spring is planted in the garden beds or at home in pots. In the fall, one-toothed will grow in this place.
      2. A reckless way. Garlic sprouted in the garden can be left in the same place. But you need to know the arrow turned out from seeds or cloves. If from the cloves, then in the summer such garlic is dug, if from the bulbs, then the harvest is harvested the next year.

    Possible problems and difficulties

    When planting garlic, the following problems may arise:

    1. If the plant grows after the autumn planting, it may die from frost.
    2. If the plant does not have time to take root before frost, then in the future it may rot or freeze.
    3. It is necessary to ensure that plantings in the spring are not flooded with autumn rains and melt water.
    4. If the site for planting is infected with fungal infections, then treat the soil with copper sulfate.

    Precautions taken during the planting phase can help prevent the following diseases:

    • Defeat by rot. This is reflected in the rotting of the bulbs, the death of the root system, the leaves turn yellow. White bloom may also appear on the roots. The choice of a high-quality planting variety and treatment with disinfectants on the eve of planting will help prevent this.
    • If garlic plants are affected by onion flies, then treat the bushes with a mixture of wood ash (1 tbsp), tobacco dust (1 tsp) and black pepper (1 tsp). Loosen the soil after cultivation.
    • The emergence of nematodes can be prevented during the seed preparation stage by soaking it in saline.

    Having familiarized yourself with the technology of planting garlic, and applying it in practice, you can grow a bountiful and healthy harvest already in the next sowing season. The main thing is to accurately observe the planting dates and use high-quality seed.

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