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Right. Time to plant.

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.

Don’t care.

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.

Hippy Disc 1

Hippy Inspired Raised Bed Former

Hippy Disc 2

Hippy Inspired Raised Bed Former the Latter

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.

Six Inch Spacing

Six Inch Spacing

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.

 


Sucks to be Them

Crap.  Getting tired. Wasn’t prepared. Four workers planting garlic and I can’t keep pace supplying seed. It is best to crack your garlic as close to planting as possible. Why? Not too sure but it has something to do with freshness and possibly Shamanism.  The crew have the weekend off while I continue to crack garlic. Only 700 more pounds of garlic to get through and it will all be precessed into seed. Planting begins anew Monday but unfortunately showers are in the forecast. May make for muddy work. Sucks to be them.

At least we have the wood stove installed. Phase two is nearer to completion.

Wood Stove

Wood Stove


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