Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Growing and Harvesting Garlic in Dripworks' Garden


At Dripworks we grow a variety of flowers and veggies in order to show customers what can be grown with Drip Irrigation. One of our favorite veggies is the garlic we grow every year; Garlic is the perfect crop to display inside our garden, as it is planted in October and harvested each June (see picture above). Now in our third season, we find growing garlic with Drip Irrigation a snap, if given the right soil conditions and preparation.

Preparation

To prepare our garlic bed we utilize two of our wonderful products: Agribon and Emitter Tubing (or Soaker Dripline). In the Fall and Winter months we cover the garlic bed with Agribon (a fabric that raises the temperature by 4-6 degrees) in order to protect the plants from frost. The Agribon material is supported by bent wire fencing inside the wooden beds, which makes a "tunnel" shape to provide warmth and growth space for the garlic during colder months. Loop Hoops are another way to support Agribon. In addition to using Agribon, each year we irrigate the garlic with our Emitter Tubing, which delivers water directly to the roots of each plant. Soaker Dripline also works very well. Together, these products are key to a successful harvest.



Agribon helps to protect the garlic from frost
in the Fall and Winter.
The Agribon is blanketed over bent wire fencing to
protect the garlic from frost.


When warmer weather arrives in the Spring
the Agribon can be removed to expose the garlic.
By late June the garlic is ready to harvest for its
juicy flavor and wonderful health benefits.













Soil is the foundation for a healthy and successful crop.Your soil should have a good mix of compost and loam for robust growth and good drainage. A cover crop in the spring and summer will fix some nitrogen. Adding a balanced organic fertilizer like Bat Guano before planting and using a Fertilizer Injector during the season will ensure that your garlic grows to its fullest potential and taste.

Planting

We plant 4 rows in a 4' wide bed and leave 6" between garlic cloves. Our 12' long bed will end up with 96 bulbs. Make sure the pointed end of the clove is facing up when planting and is 2" below the surface of the soil. Adding a layer of mulch will ensure even and long lasting moisture for the plants.

Irrigation

Begin by using 1/2" Mainline as a header across the width of the bed. Next connect one of the following Dripworks' products to run down each row**:
  1. Soaker Dripline (DSD6) (connect to mainline w/ transfer barb, end w/ goof plug)
  2. Emitter Tubing (connect to mainline w/ Easy Loc x 1/4 Barb, end w/ Easy Loc with Cap)
  3. T Tape (connect to mainline w/ Tape Loc x 1/4 Barb, end w/ Grip Sleeve End)
**Be sure to use Dripworks' Hold Down Stakes to keep the tubing in place.

For a complete drip irrigation kit we recommend our Dripworks' Garden Bed Irrigation Kit. This kit contains all of the parts needed, including Soaker Dripline, to grow delicious garlic in a bed! See the video for this kit here.


How to Store Fresh Garlic

  1. Shake/knock off all excess soil from the roots
  2. Wash the bulbs and allow them to dry in a dark, cool and moisture free place for 7-10 days. You can hang garlic from its stalks for up to 3 months.


Favorite Garlic Recipes

Background image by Renee Robinson from Flickr via creative commons license.
Garlic clip art by johnny_automatic via creative commons license.

Go to Dripworks.com for further information on all of our products and be sure to click on our how-to videos for further help.

2 comments:

  1. Will the wire system for the "mini greenhouse" withstand snow build up? You are in CA and we are in Michigan
    Susan

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    1. Yes! The wire fencing system with the Agribon cover will shed the snow off, even with snow build-up.

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