Garlic Planting

Got around to getting the garlic in the other day.  I waited until after the first frost so the bulbs don’t grow too much above ground.  The trick is to find that balance where they have enough time to put down some good roots, but not enough time (warmth) to grow too much on top that will be damaged by the winter.

I peeled the heads first, gently separating the cloves as heavily bruising them can cause them to rot in the soil.  I went with 2 hardneck (love them garlic scapes) and 1 softneck variety.  once i figure out which i like the best, i’ll save those seeds for the next season.  There ended up being about 120 cloves- each clove makes one head of garlic.  I am accepting donations of breath mints now…

Spacing wise, I went with 6″x6″x6″.  Rows 6″ apart, 6″ deep, and 6″ in between each clove.   Putting all the cloves on top of the soil makes sure they’ll all fit, then i go down the line and bury each one, pointy side up.  I finished off the bed with 4″ of leaf mulch for weed control and fertilizing, marked the rows and labeled the beds.  Now i just have to wait until july…


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