How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Planting garlic and onions
Most garlic is grown from the separated cloves of the garlic plant rather than from seed. Plant
the bulblets directly in the garden. Do not remove the papery covering on the bulblet. Do not break apart
the mother bulb until the plant is ready to plant. Plant 2 inches deep and space 4 inches apart in the
row, with 12 inches between the rows. The larger the bulblet, the larger the bulb of garlic at harvest.
Onions can be grown from seed, sets, or transplants.
Onions produce better from seed or transplants rather than
from onion sets. Much of the energy in onion sets seems to
go into producing seed stock instead of bulbs. Onion sets
(small bulbs), unless properly stored, will tend to bolt
rather than set a large bulb. To sow directly into the garden,
plant seed about 0.25 inch deep and maintain good soil moisture.
Plant more seeds than necessary and then thin plants, using
the small plants as scallions or as transplants for other
areas. Save the strongest transplants to produce bulbs. Space
transplants about 4 to 5 inches apart and plant to cover
the base of the bulb with just enough soil to anchor it in