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Fall Garden Tips: Time to Plant Garlic

In the Northwest, garlic is planted as cloves in the fall. Garlic requires full sun (at least 6 hours per day). It is best started by direct sowing seed garlic that can be purchased through some garden centers, catalogs, and online websites. Certified seed garlic has been grown specifically for planting in the garden and is free of insects and diseases.

Plant garlic in early to mid-fall (September to October) in eastern Washington gardens and late fall (November) in western Washington gardens. To prepare the planting area, loosen the soil to improve drainage.


Plant large cloves that are clean and dry and plant them the same day the bulb is broken apart. Cloves showing any discoloration, stippling, or bruising should be discarded. Plant the cloves so that the tops are 2 inches below the soil line, and place the garlic clove flat-side down and pointed-side up in the hole. Garlic should be planted 4–6 inches apart in rows that are spaced 12–24 inches apart.

For more information on growing garlic, see Growing Garlic in Home Gardens.

Submitted by: Nicole Martini, October 26, 2015


4 comments on “Fall Garden Tips: Time to Plant Garlic”

  1. John Harbaugh said on October 10, 2019:

    Pleas update the link to Growing Garlic in Home Gardens ( Thanks for all the great info. for growers!

    • Chalker-Scott, Linda K said on October 10, 2019:

      The university administration has changed all of the links and left us no way to link to pdf files directly. You should let them know how you feel about this.

  2. Ellie said on July 27, 2020:

    WHAT! Why and will it be fixed? We rely on this information. Censorship is not nice!

    • Chalker-Scott, Linda K said on July 27, 2020:

      Not to worry – we updated all the links. Thanks for your support!

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