My husband and I went to Wal-Mart today to by a giant bag of dog food for our little mutt. Suddenly I heard something calling my name. By golly it was the gardening section. My husband was on his own and I was digging through bags of sad looking bulbs begging to be taken home and planted. Finally, I settled on a bag of garlic. I have always wanted to grow garlic and the bed I wanted to put it in is actually melted off today. That may not be the case tomorrow, as snow is in the forecast. Some wonderful looking blackberries weren't so lucky. I couldn't bring them home, because the orchard is still under a foot of snow (I double checked when we got home).
Anyway, all garlic gardening advice is appreciated. I am a zone 3. Break it to me gently if garlic isn't hardy for zone 3. Please send your advice as soon as possible as it is supposed to by yucky starting tomorrow. Here are some things I would like to know:
Should I not plant it if it is still freezing or snowing outside?
I am supposed to break the bulbs into cloves and plant those?
How deep do the little buggers go?
How much space in between?
When do I get to pull them up and use them?
Any fertilizers that work better than others?
Any companion plants?
Anybody that shouldn't be a neighbor?
How big do they get?
Should I be planting it in the spring?
If I can't plant them in the spring do I hide them in the basement until fall?
Get the feeling I don't know anything about garlic?
Yes, I know I could look all of this up. It seems way more enjoyable getting it from friends. Thank you for any advice you can throw my way. I will be anxiously watching for your comments, kind of like how Ella anxiously watches the turkeys.