Growing garlic in Minnesota

By Donna Tatting

We are quickly coming up on the best time to plant garlic in Minnesota. In the fall, usually one to two weeks after the first killing frost, is the ideal time. And growing garlic has become a favorite choice of Minnesota home gardeners when choosing edible crops. I’ll admit, it wasn’t that many years ago when this whole idea seemed exotic and far-fetched, but after attending a garlic growing class several years ago, my attitude was totally changed. Growing garlic is really neat!
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Chisago County Master Gardeners program is offering a class on growing garlic in Minnesota. The instructor is Carl Rosen with the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota. Carl has a huge passion for growing garlic. In this presentation, Carl will discuss the major garlic types and some of the best varieties to grow in Minnesota. He’ll also cover the requirements for growing a successful crop as well as potential pest problems. Carl will also be selling his own selections of garlic bulbs.
Again, the class will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in North Branch at the Maple Commons Senior Center, 38794 6th Ave. To register, call the Extension Office at 651-277-0151 or e-mail Susan Humble at [email protected] by. The class is free, but pre-registration is recommended before Sept. 8.

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