garlic in minnesota

edwena0316(4MN)August 8, 2009

Can I leave my garlic in the ground through the deep freezes that we have here? I planted my garlic in may or june- advise from a book, but it isn't doing very well, would leaving it till next june be a good idea?

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still_kris(z17 NoCA)

I'd guess that it probably would not make it over the winter as a mature plant and that you should pull it out before the worst weather sets in.

You might want to try planting a cold-hardy variety in the fall when people in say, New England or Montana or some other cold winter place plant theirs (right before the first snowfall, for example.)

Read around here after doing a search on the site and you might find some posts that address your needs.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 9:24AM
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bloosquall(Wa 6)

I suggest you dig it up and start over with some new stock. Growing in the extreme cold isn't so much of an issue as long as you plant the cloves so there is like 2" of soil on top the clove and put enough straw on top as insulation. Enough insulation would be at least a foot deep for the kind of cold you guys get over there. you will have much better garlic if you plant in the fall, I would think the first week in October.

-bloo

Here is a link that might be useful: my page

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 12:16PM
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crrand(z4 MN)

I've been growing garlic in the cold end of Zone 4 Minnesota for a number of years now. Go online and look for some of the Siberian varieties, do it now! Plant at the end of September or early October. You don't need a foot of straw mulch, 6 inches works fine. Remove the mulch in the spring for a while so your soil warms, just don't do it too early because a really hard frost will set your bulbs back. The new greens handle light frost just fine. After the soil thaws, put the straw mulch back around the young plants to control weeds. Soft neck varieties are harvested around early to mid-July and hard necks are harvested about a month later.

Chris

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 11:49AM
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bloosquall(Wa 6)

I doubt you guys are limited to "Siberian" varieties. I have many seed bulbs from the high mountains of Montana where it's hits -30. They do just fine. Rocamboles thrive on being in a cold winter environment. Purple stripes and Artichokes do fine in the north also. Creoles don't appreciate being frozen

-bloo

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 12:50AM
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edwena0316(4MN)

Thank you. Chris can I ask what area of mn are you in?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 1:44AM
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alphonse(6)

There was a fellow who once posted on the GardenWeb, very knowledgeable about garlic and general gardening. IIRC, he lived in your vicinity. Search the site for "Paquebot" and you may get answers to your questions.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 2:02AM
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james_ab(z3a Alberta)

For what it's worth I planted a couple of garlic cloves late last summer (probably September). They were just leftover cloves from the grocery store. I didn't mulch or anything, but I planted them in a raised planter where the soil is deep and well worked and the snow gets to be at least 2 feet deep over the winter because of how the wind deflects off of fences and up slopes.

Anyway, our lowest temperature over the winter was -42 (!) yet around early May, there they were, popping up their heads in the sunshine. Amazing.

(Perfect little heads, too - about 1 inch across and beautiful flavour!)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 7:13PM
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bloosquall(Wa 6)

Here ya go Edwena, Maybe you'll think these guys are credible enough.

Here is a link that might be useful: growing garlic in Minnesota

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 12:37AM
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edwena0316(4MN)

Wow! thank you so much for that link a little more info than I needed but really answered my questions. And bonus- I found local sources to buy garlic for planting.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 2:19AM
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salsagardener

How late is too late to plant garlic? I live just a bit north of Minneapolis.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 11:36AM
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deanriowa(4b)

It has been a unseasonably warmer this fall than normal(in Iowa at Least) thus planting now should be fine make sure to mulch them.

Dean

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 12:46PM
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curt_grow

I am no expert but I planted the very last of mine yesterday and will mulch it today. Last year it was the last day of October and it did well. I am in Southwest Minnesota.

Curt

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 12:57PM
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