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Old 09/28/06, 08:01 PM
 
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How deep to plant elephant garlic?

We are in NW Minnesota, Zone 3. I have some elephant garlic to plant but I am not sure how deep to plant it.

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Old 09/28/06, 10:44 PM
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With your soil being nice and loose, plant elephant garlic cloves so that there are two full inches of soil above the tip. Easiest way is to just press them into the ground.

For true garlic, one inch of soil above the tips of the cloves.

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Old 09/30/06, 10:48 AM
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In your area, you would probably need to plant at least 6 inches deep. You could maybe get by planting more shallow if you mulched pretty deep through the winter.

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I plant mine 2 inches deep in the soil then put several inches of mulch over that. By spring the tops grow through the mulch.

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In your area, you would probably need to plant at least 6 inches deep.
NO, NO, NO! 6 inches will assure that they are buried rather than planted! No garlic, elephant or otherwise, needs more than 2" of soil above the tip of the clove. That's an inch more than recommended by most professional growers. Some even advise just barely covering the tip. In our 5,000 plant field, elephant garlic and regular garlic are treated alike as far as depth of planting goes.

Mulching is not going to prevent frost from going deep into the ground in our cold zones. Instead, it prevents or deters freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycles which tear the roots off of bulbs and tubers. We use 3" of oat straw in the field and 2" of shredded leaves at home.

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