Whether you’re just starting out, or searching for the perfect addition to your existing garden, now is the time to start thinking about planting onions and garlic. Both are simple to grow & store, and can be used in countless dishes & dips! As with any fruit, vegetable, or herb- the trick to a successful harvest is knowing when and how to plant and care for your garden as your vegetation grows.
Onions and garlic can be planted several ways: from seed, bareroot, or cloves. Garlic is only available from cloves. If you are planting from seed, the best time to get started is between August & September. If from bareroot plants, we suggest early to mid November. For garlic from cloves, the best time is between October & January.
Before planting, mix Bumper Crop Soil amendment and Bumper Crop Tomato and Vegetable food into the existing soil where your plants will live. If using garlic cloves be sure the tip of the clove is at or just above soil level, and keep the cloves approximately 4 inches apart. Bareroot onions should be placed in just enough soil to cover the white portion, approximately 4 to 6 inches apart.
Watering & Light Exposure
Once planted, you’ll want to be sure your new crops are thoroughly and regularly watered, as needed. It is important that you do not keep the soil wet, as it should remain well drained. The plants should be grown in an area where they receive full sun exposure.
Both onions and garlic will be ready to harvest in early summer. At first, the tops will begin to dry, which is a sign to stop the watering process, allowing the foliage to turn completely brown & cure for storage. Once the tops are brown, remove the plants from the soil, remove the brown tops, brush off any excess dirt, and store them loosely in a cool, dark place. Both onions and garlic can be eaten at any stage. While red onions store for only a few months, yellow and white are good candidates for long term keeping.
*Asparagus, rhubarb, & horseradish shipped by the 15th of January
Onion bundles are sold out. Six packs are available. Garlic cloves are available now.