Garlic Planting with Edible Campus Gardens | Modern Gardener


Off camera: Just a couple inches deep, huh? Ashley: Hi, I’m Ashley and we’re here at the
University of Utah’s Edible Campus Gardens, and today we’re gonna learn about planting
garlic. I’m here with Jessica Kemper, she’s the garden
coordinator. Jess, thanks so much for having us today,
how are you? Jessica: I’m good, how are you? Ashley: Good. Jess can you tell us a little more about this
garden? Jess: Absolutely, so behind us here we have
the Pioneer Garden. It’s very accessible to students, so it’s
actually great that it’s right in the middle of campus. Ashley: Jess, when is a good time to plant
garlic? Jess: The best time to plant garlic is about
6 to 8 weeks before the first frost. Here in Salt Lake City, the average frost
is about November 6th, so you’re looking at about the second to fourth week of September
to plant your garlic. Ashley: Ok so, where do we find garlic to
plant? Jess: If you grow your own garlic you can
just reuse bulbs from the previous year and plant it. You can also get garlic from your neighbors,
or someone in your community garden. If you don’t have any of those options available
to you, you can purchase garlic from your local garden center, or from an online seed
catalog. You’ll want to be careful to buy a variety
that works for your climate. It gets really cold in Salt Lake City. You can buy garlic from the grocery store,
but again you run that risk of the garlic not being fit for your climate. And they also sometimes treat garlic with
a chemical to enhance it’s shelf life. Ashley: So once we have our garlic, what’s
the best growing conditions to plant the garlic? Jess: Soil in Utah is really rough, and you
can enhance your soil by mixing in compost, or fertilizer. But really you just want to make sure that
it drains well. Ashley: What’s next? Jess: So these are bulbs that we’ve grown
in the Edible Campus Gardens within the last year. We will break these bulbs into their separate
cloves, leaving the papery husk on them. This is then what you will use to plant and
will grow into your bulb of garlic next year. Ashley: Ok! What do we do after that? Do we cover it, like just let it go and over
the winter it just gets buried in snow? Jess: We like to mulch our garlic here, Salt
Lake City has a rough winter. So we put a little bit of straw on top of
the garlic, just to retain moisture over the winter and keep it a little bit warmer. And then in spring it’ll start to grow leaves. It will shoot up that scape, and you’ll want
to take that scape off of the plant. That will force the plant to divert more energy
into growing the bulb bigger instead of trying to flower. And then from there the leaves will start
to brown, and at that point you turn off your irrigation and let the bulbs cure in the ground. And after a few weeks you will dig them out
of the ground and without taking any of the husk off, or any of the dirt or the leaves,
you’ll place them in an area with good air ventilation, and allow them to dry for another
two weeks. At that point you can store your garlic for
up to six months. Ashley: Jess, thanks so much! This has been really helpful to learn all
this neat stuff about garlic and planting garlic. Jess: Come back and visit any time! Ashley: Cool!

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