I love growing garlic, but did not get any in the ground this fall. I temps...

Asked January 20, 2018, 8:34 PM EST

I love growing garlic, but did not get any in the ground this fall. I temps stay above freezing and I can work the soil, is there anything wrong with throwing some cloves in the ground in January, or at this point, would I be better off just planting them in early spring? Also, A friend just brought back some great looking heads of garlic from a farm in New Mexico. He lives in an urban setting and grows lots of stuff in pots. Could he actually try planting some cloves in pots? These would be outside.

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1 Response

Fall is the best time to plant garlic. However, If you have a well prepared area, you can plant now. You may be taking a chance of introducing a disease, if the cloves are not certified, disease-free garlic bulbs from reputable seed sources. Never plant garlic from a grocery store. It may be a symptomless disease carrier.
See our profile on garlic http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/garlic
You can try planting in containers and experiment. Some gardeners plant in grow bags.

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