Saturday, September 29, 2018 by Ralph Flores
It’s that time of year when mornings start becoming a little cooler, and the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin wafts through the air. It can only mean one thing: Fall is upon us – and for gardeners, another great time for planting.
People will never run out of uses for garlic. It’s an essential ingredient in the culinary arts, where it’s added to soups, marinades, stir-fry recipes; used in meat preparations; or even eaten raw. Its health benefits aren’t something to be taken lightly, either — the U.S. National Cancer Institute recognizes garlic for its “potential anti-cancer properties,” and the World Health Organization recommends taking a clove of fresh garlic a day for “general health promotion.”
In the U.S. and other parts of North America, fall is the perfect time to plant garlic, with October generally being the best month to start. However, those in the far north or higher elevations might start as early as September. Those in the Deep South, as well as in some parts of California, could start planting as late as November. For planting garlic, it’s best to use the biggest cloves.
Fall planting is also the perfect time to prepare for spring – and nothing welcomes the season than a bloom of spring bulbs after a long, cold winter. Before planting spring bulbs like tulips, it’s best to loosen the soil where they will be placed to ensure they grow well. While most bulb packages come with instructions on how to plant them, as a rule of thumb, it’s best to plant the bulb in a depth that’s at least three times its height. If you’re planning to plant multiple bulbs at once, it’s best to dig a trench then place the bulbs to make it easier. Once you’re done planting the bulbs, place some chicken wire on top of the soil to deter squirrels and other critters. (Related: Now is the Time for Your Fall Garden Plans.)
Some plants to consider for your fall planting include:
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