Growing Garlic in Minnesota

Recent demand for high-quality garlic has prompted an interest in growing garlic for niche markets in the upper Midwest. To help accommodate this market, this publication provides guidelines for growing garlic in cold climates. The major areas addressed include variety descriptions, soil and nutrient requirements, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, and storage.

Authors: Carl Rosen, Brett Arenz, Bill Hutchison, Cindy Tong, Roger Becker, Vasudha Sharma, Jerry Ford, Sienna Nesser

Growing Garlic in Minnesota (PDF, 28.5 Mb)

The Document in Sections

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Table of Contents (PDF, 202 kb)

Introduction and Garlic Varieties (PDF, 7.7 Mb)

Soils, Planting, Mulching, and Irrigation (PDF, 3.7 Mb)

Scapes, Weeds, Pests, and Diseases (PDF, 6.3 Mb)

Harvesting, Curing, Storing, and Further Resources (PDF, 1.9 Mb)


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