Planting Garlic

Site Prep 
Loamy, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.  

In South Carolina, garlic should be planted in the fall from mid-October until the end of November.  

P-N-K should be balanced; if adding chemical fertilizers to the soil, a 5-10-10 is best. A light side dressing of a balanced fertilizer or bloodmeal may be applied in late winter.

Garlic needs a constant supply of moisture, however too much and it could cause the bulbs to rot.  Irrigation should be withheld several weeks prior to harvest.  Completely stop watering altogether the final week.

Weed control is essential for garlic.  They have a very shallow root system and do not compete well for nutrients.  Best time to apply mulch is after garlic shoots have begun to emerge.