Gardening Tip of the Week -Planting Garlic in the Fall

Fall is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about planting seed garlic. Planting large seed garlic cloves will produce larger bulbs but another consideration should be the soil. Preparing the soil properly is also key to a successful garlic crop the following summer. The area where you are planning to plant garlic, make sure it is not the same location you planted the previous year. Amend your soil with organic matter, either by adding compost, or planting a summer cover crop. Buckwheat is a great choice and will be finished in about 45 days and will not only add organic matter to the soil it will pull insoluble phosphorus out of the soil which will be released when the plant decomposes. Make sure your soil has a good level of phosphorus by adding soft rock phosphate, bone meal or another high phosphorus fertilizer (should also have low or no nitrogen).