Softneck is a common type of garlic grown in Louisiana. This type has a lot of varieties such as Italian cultivar, Mexican white and Creole. If you want for growing garlic in Louisiana, follow all steps below.
1. Find the best area and prepare gardening tools such as a hoe or shovel. You have to loosen the soil by using shovel or hoe.
2. Increase the soil nutrients by adding 8-24-24 fertilizer. Based on LSU recommendation, it’s advisable use four to five pounds for every 100 feet of row.
3. You must also create hilled rows with six inches apart. High rows will help you avoid soggy soil conditions that may appear suddenly.
4. You must also divide each hilled row down the center and a furrow about one inch deep is more than enough.
5. Now, you must drop the cloves (garlic) right into the furrow, five to six inches apart with tip side up. You have to plant them deep enough, make sure the soil cover the tip of the clove.
6. Close the furrow by pushing the soil together from the any sides of the hilled row.
7. You can start watering the new row on the next day.
8. One month after planting, you can add nitrogen. Do it again in midwinter and mid-spring.
Create a garlic garden in Louisiana is a little different with growing garlic in Florida.