How to Plant Garlic by Lemon Trees

Overview

Garlic is a pungent root vegetable that can help repel insect pests when you grow it near plants that snails, slugs, aphids and other creatures like to eat. Garlic is said to benefit cucumbers, peas, celery lettuce and fruit trees. Its smell can keep away Japanese beetles, root maggots, codling moths and even deer. Garlic plants accumulate the natural fungicide sulfur, which nearby plants soak up through their roots, helping to prevent powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that can attack lemon trees.

Planting Garlic Near Lemon Trees

Step 1

Dig a shallow circular trench at least 1 foot from the base of your lemon tree, making it about 4 inches deep.

Step 2

Dig 1- or 2-gallon buckets full of organic compost or well-composted animal manure into your trench and then refill it with the soil or compost mixture you dug out.

Step 3

Using your trowel, make one planting hole that's about 1 inch deep for each garlic clove you plan to grow. Leave 3 to 5 inches between holes.

Step 4

Drop one garlic clove into each planting hole, making sure to plant them with the end that was attached to the base of the head pointing downward and the pointed end pointing upward.

Step 5

Dig up your garlic in late summer or fall when the tops begin to turn yellow or brown and die back. Allow them to dry thoroughly in a warm, dark, dry, well-ventilated place. Then cut off the tops and store your garlic at about 32 degrees F. They will keep well for 6 or 7 months, so you can plant your own garlic the following spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Take care not to disturb the roots of your lemon tree when you dig a trench for your garlic. Ohio State University advises not to separate garlic cloves from the head until planting time because fresh cloves will result in an increased harvest.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-drained loamy soil
  • Compost
  • Manure
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Ohio State University: Growing Garlic in the Home Garden
  • GH Organics: Companion Planting
Keywords: lemon trees, insect repellent plants, garlic companion

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.