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When To Plant Garlic In Colorado

Garlic is a tasty and versatile ingredient used in countless recipes, and it’s easy to grow in Colorado. Planting garlic in the spring or fall is key for optimal growth and harvest. With proper care and attention, you can grow bountiful garlic crops in Colorado.

Garlic grows best in USDA hardiness zones 3-10, meaning that garlic can be grown in all of Colorado. In the more northern parts of these zones, planting and harvesting should take place in the early fall and late spring, respectively. In the southern zones, garlic can be planted in the early spring and harvested in late summer. In Colorado, planting and harvesting should take place in the early fall and late spring, respectively.

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Spring Planting garlic in Colorado

When planting garlic in Colorado’s springtime, it’s important to time it correctly. Garlic should be planted 4 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost of the season. This typically falls in late April or early May. You’ll want to ensure the soil is well-drained and has plenty of organic matter, like compost or mulch. Plant the cloves 1 to 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart.

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Fall Planting garlic in Colorado

Garlic can also be planted in the fall in Colorado’s warmer hardiness zones. Planting garlic in late August or early September is ideal as it gives the garlic time to develop its root system before the cold winter weather arrives. When planting in the fall, make sure you use cloves from heads of garlic that are specifically labeled as fall-planted. Plant cloves 1 to 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart.

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Harvesting

When it comes to harvesting garlic, patience is key. You’ll want to wait until the bottom leaves of the plant start to yellow and die back. This usually happens in late July or early August. Carefully dig up the garlic bulbs and remove any excess dirt. Once harvested, hang the garlic in a well-ventilated area and away from direct sunlight. Once the stalks and leaves are completely dry, you can cut them off.

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Caring for your garlic

Garlic is a fairly low-maintenance crop, but it requires adequate watering and weeding. Water the plants regularly, preferably in the morning. This will help ensure the soil stays moist and the garlic can develop properly. You’ll also want to keep the area free of weeds to prevent competition for nutrients and space.

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When it comes to planting garlic in Colorado, timing is key. Planting garlic in the spring or fall will give you the best results. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy bountiful garlic harvests in Colorado.

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Cody Medina
Small Scale Farmer
Hi there! I'm Cody, a staff writer here at The Garden Magazine and a small-scale farmer living in Oregon. I've been gardening most of my life and now live on a quarter-acre farmstead with chickens, ducks, and a big garden.
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