I'm not a new vegetable gardener, but I'm fairly new to TN and haven't planted any garlic here yet. What are the best varieties for my location? I'd like to plant a good hardneck variety and maybe a softneck as well.
Dixondalefarms.com has garlics for yours and mine zones. Garlic gets shipped thru from so many places...but does like fall plantings, even in middle Tn. Curious where you call middle- Centerville? East side of the middle is a bit cooler most times
I do just like HoneyBeeNC: I buy my garlic at COTSCO in August.
It comes California at that time of the year, and not from China.
I spent $4 for a huge bag of garlic.
Last year I decided to order garlic from one of the website and I spent $30 on a "few cloves" of garlic ... and just a few of them made a bulb ... That was bad luck.
I normally plant my garlic between September 15th to October 15th and harvest it in May.
It also depends on the weather we get this spring. Garlic needs cool weather to grow leaves, then when the weather turns warm in the spring it changes to forming bulbs. If you don't have enough cool weather to grow a full set of leaves, the plant won't be able to collect enough energy to store in the bulbs.
Thanks, NicoleC, but boy did this advice come 2 hours 2 late... just bought a handful of garlic and an elephant garlic to plant in my frist square foot garden... so without leaves, I won't get bulbing... OK, well, it will still be garlic in the garden and that has to be a good thing.
I'm just trying to figure out IF I can grow a veggie garden.
But will make a BIG note in my gardening notebook -- GARLIC IN FALL... lol...
You can garden! You're just going to make mistakes; we all do, on our 1st garden or the 101st. You may get some bulbs, they just won't be as big as they could be.
Contact your local county extension office or their Master Gardeners program. They should have a planting calendar on the web site or they can send you that gives you the date ranges when to plant many crops in your area.