planting garlic and onions in the fall for spring harvest

tall_cool_one(Suthern Indiana)November 10, 2004

Recently at my neighborhood Lowe's I was perusing the fall bulb section and they had garlic and Valdalia(I know they really aren't Valdalia unless they are grown in Georgia)onions. I never considered growing onions and garlic as a fall planted crop. Being late fall, I was getting kind of bummed being unable to plant something because my 24" by 40" mini greenhouse was already full of lettuce and spinach. The package said to plant them for spring harvest. I picked 1 package of each up and took them home to plant in my square foot garden.

I've never grown garlic before and like I said, I've never grown onions or garlic over the winter before. Any tricks of the trade out there? When is garlic ready to harvest? All of the garlic has already sprouted 6" sprouts and most of the onions have started to sprout.

I'm looking forward to have homegrown garlic. Does it taste any better or different than what you get from the vegetable section at the store?

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I have always thought ANYTHING homegrown tastes better than storebought. But i think with garlic and onions the main advantage is always having them there and being able to pick them at whatever size you want.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2004 at 11:25AM
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limhyl(z8 NC)

In zone eight we always plant garlic in the fall but I'm not sure about your zone. I usually harvest garlic mid summer when all but about seven of the leaves have turned brown. Pull them up and let them dry out in a shady spot for a week or so until all of the leaves dry. At that point you can use it or store it for the winter. It will last from four to ten months or so depending on variety. Onions from sets usually do better as green onions rather than bulb onions. The green onions can be harvested all winter if the ground isnt frozen. If the onions don't go to seed in the summer they will start to grow large bulbs and when the tops start to die down they are ready to pull. Good luck. Theresa.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2004 at 6:23PM
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I am in your zone and have also planted garlic for the first time on Oct. 6. This was advised to me as the best way to go, and I was told to plant strictly HARDNECK varieties for a good result. So far so good. I am also told to leave it out there exposed to the cold and freeze and snow and everything else and not to worry about it. I did mulch with straw though. Should be ready in early June sometime. Then I will plant beans in the same bed.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2004 at 2:08PM
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