So you have selected your garlic seed. Good for you. Time to plant.
For a primer read the previous post on seed selection. Or not.
Its up to you.
Don’t care. I’m in a mood.
We are at the end of a hot and especially dry season. And right now, right at the moment I complete cracking 4000 pounds of garlic bulbs and separate them into little cloves that will forever haunt my dreams I am obliged to acknowledge my sore wrists, my garlic-chaff filled lungs and the fact that autumn has arrived in earnest.
I am not ready for autumn.
I’m still coping with the faint memory of last spring slipping into this summer which is now gone. No more.
Right. Time to plant.
Regardless of the amount of garlic to be planted it is best, especially in moist and temperate climates, to plant garlic in a purpose built raised bed. On a larger scale a raised-bed former is used.
We employ a hippy-inspired, home-made, spot-welded, disc-thingy-bed-former that attaches somewhat securely to our #HangInThereI-Think-I-CanGuardProtectorRemovedRotovator. #WorkSafe.
Ultimately your desire a loamy and uniform raised bed to accept seed.
We use a six inch spacing. In a bed three feet wide we plant six across and advance by six inches.
Plant to a depth where the top of the clove is two to four inches beneath the surface of the soil. Plant too shallow and you run the risk frost will heave the clove out of the winter ground. Mulching with straw will help prevent this from happening.
When planting by hand, as we do, it is difficult to plant too deep and four inches is an easy depth to achieve. This should result in a nice size bulb that is also easy to extract come harvest time.