Planting Garlic

When we moved to the new homestead, we all of a sudden had a huge side yard to plant a garden in. This year we’ve really been able to go full out on some planting projects.

A very exciting first for us?


That there is 2 different varieties, both bought solely for the reason that they were only a quarter a pack!

The Italian Purple is a hardneck variety known for its rich & musky flavor, that peels easily – it’s not much of a risk to grow in the North and we should get some nice 2″ bulbs if we leave any in the ground to over winter.

The Inchelium Red is a soft neck variety with a mild flavor at harvest that is supposed to get stronger in storage. It’s a national taste test winner that was discovered in the Coleville Indian Reservation in Washington. Also not much of a risk to grow in our northern climate.

We know its a bit late in the season to be planting stuff still, but really, for a buck we have to take the chance at some yummy home grown garlic. Some of the cloves I got were no good, but we got probably a hundred total from 8 bulbs.

First thing on my garlic planting to do list was to mix up some good cow manure and our favorite garden soil from Coast of Maine. Then I dug four rows in  a small patch. With the quality of the cloves I was planting, I don’t expect all of them to come up, so I planted them a little closer then recommended.

I made sure to nestle the little guys, root down and gently covered them with our regular soil.

We had a few good days of sun and now we’re getting a little (well needed) rain today. Here’s hoping that we have garlic sprouts come this weekend!

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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