I was a bit later than some years with getting the garlic crop in last Fall, but it worked out well enough. We decided to use the raised beds, and it should hopefully work well. It was also time for new soil, which we worked in.
We have two of these beds, so with my oldest son’s help, we layed out lines: rows 1 foot apart (sideways), and each bulb in a row (up and down) 6″ apart.
I did the first bed, decided he could learn since his back is strong 😉
A few years back my Mother In Law sent us an antique dibble, of which I was clueless about. It’s an old school bulb planter, and yes, they are still made – and you should own one if you plant garlic. It seriously sped it up, and made it so you could do it standing up, not on your knees.
Also good for pounding out frustrations on the dirt…hah!
Some of the garlic and shallots:
We planted Basque, Nootka Rose, Inchelium Red, and Chesnock garlic. Grey shallots and another shallot that I harvested from this past year, and dried. Some were picked up from Uprising Seeds.
After it, we mulched the beds, and left them to sit over the late Fall and Winter.
And through winter it slowly grows: