Now is the time to plant if you’d like to grow your own fresh garlic! And you should because fresh garlic runs circles around the aged stuff you find in the store. Plus it's easy to grow an entire year's worth in a few feet of garden space that won't be doing anything else this winter. Why not tuck some in your flower beds when you clear them off for winter? If you plant it now, it will be ready by early June. Garlic is easy to grow – just as simple as planting bulbs. All you need is a head of garlic.
The garlic will be one of the first green things poking its leaves up through the ground as soon as spring hits. When the leaves begin to brown and fall over, it’s ready to harvest. Around here that's late June.
You can also plant shallots and spring onions now. Follow the same procedure as the garlic. The onions should be ready in time for Easter. As long at their leaves are green you can leave them be and let them get bigger. I pull them as I need them.
Locals - Landreth Seed Company (the oldest heirloom Seed Company in the US) is having their annual bulb sale THIS WEEKEND (October 19 & 20, 9am-4pm both days). There will be plenty of garlic for sale, plus bulbs you've never seen anywhere else. Don't miss it! Non-locals - you can order from Landreth online.