- Type Culinary herb
- USDA Zones All
- Sun Full
- Soil Well-drained
- Fertilizer Fish emulsion
- Planting Tip 4 to 6 inches apart
- Design Tip Neat rows
- Companions Beets, strawberries
- Peak Season Summer scapes
Garlic: A Field Guide
A member of the onion family, garlic is an essential cooking ingredient that is remarkably easy to grow in the garden. Even a clove from a store-bought bulb of garlic will sprout.
Like its other onion cousins–chives, leeks, and shallots—this edible plant has a long and venerable history as a cook’s favorite ingredient, starring for centuries in cuisines worldwide. Remarkably, Allium sativum is also easy to grow: “I have planted everything from Brooklyn bodega garlic, to organic farmers’ market bulbs, to heirloom cultivars purchased online from a good grower,” writes our contributor Marie Viljoen in Gardening 101: Garlic.
Plant garlic cloves in the ground (in autumn) or in pots with well-draining soil. Fertilize it and give it full sun. “If the season is mild, garlic may send leaves up before winter ends. Don’t panic, they are cold hardy,” writes Marie.