I had a few days off from work last week allowing me to putter around the garden and accomplish the final garden cleanup before winter. As I pulled out the peppers and eggplants, I pondered on the best area to plant garlic.
I used one of the 4x4 SFGs to grow garlic last year and thought it worked really well to have an entire bed devoted to one crop since the watering and fertilizer needs were the same. Once the garlic was harvested, I was able to plant the bed with fall carrots.
I decided to keep the planting of garlic all in one bed once again, so that eliminated four of the six SFGs because they still had some fall crops growing in some of the squares. This left only two beds to choose from for the garlic. I picked one and added some compost, some fertilizer, and leveled off the soil.
The garlic seed came from the largest bulbs from this year’s harvest of Romanian Red and Purple Glazier. Romanian Red produced larger bulb with larger cloves and have a mild garlic flavor. The Purple Glazier produced smaller cloves but had a more intense garlic flavor.
I used a scrap piece of 2x3 and marked a line every 6-inches. I actually marked along the walls of the bed as well so I could keep everything straight. These marks will fade over time.
I measured and plotted the holes for the garlic spacing them 6-inches apart and 4-inches deep (making sure the tops of the cloves were at least 2-inches beneath the soil surface).
Rain was predicted, so I let mother nature water the garlic bed to settle the soil. This bed will later be covered with a 2-4 inches of shredded leaves to provide some extra insulation for the winter: