How To Plant Garlic and the Last Garden Vlogs of the Year

It’s time to plant garlic!

Watch my video to see how Jesse and I planted our garlic this week.
I ended up putting in 150 cloves – my biggest planting since living on the homestead (where I planted 700 – 1000 heads each year). Since I only need about 50 heads of garlic for my own needs, that means I’ll have 100 heads to share or even sell next year! I just love growing garlic and teaching other people about this simple and productive crop.

So, here’s the scoop, (otherwise known as “things I should have said or stated clearer on the video! :))

  1. Find local garlic to plant
  2. Separate garlic heads into individual cloves for planting
  3. Dig or hoe a trench in your bed 4 in. deep
  4. Plant cloves, root side down, 6 in. apart
  5. Space rows 6 in. apart (in the bed in the movie I ended up planting 5 rows across)
  6. Rake dirt to cover rows 4 in. deep
  7. Top-dress bed with finished compost, if you have it.
  8. Mulch heavily with fallen leaves or grass clippings or whatever you got
  9. Say farewell until spring!

October Garden Tour and Hints for CompostingAnd here’s the last garden video of the year, actually filmed a few days before I planted my garlic, in which I talk more about my compost system (finished compost in just months with no turning and little stink!) and share with you the most exciting (FREE) addition to my vegetable garden this year!

Did you plant any fall crops? What was your best crop this year? Do you compost? I love to hear about your gardens!



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  1. says

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to get some garlic in. Do you know of any places around here that would be good to get some garlic from?
    Loveed the vlog! :)

  2. Stephanie says

    Thank you so much for posting about how to grow garlic. I have never seen this done before and can't wait to try it someday when I have my own home. Your blog is just so inspirational. Thanks for taking the time to blog. I have learned so much from you. :)

  3. says

    You plant your garlic way deeper than I plant mine…I barely cover it. Interesting that it seems to do well either way.

    Glad to hear your found some asparagus to transplant. It looks like it is doing well.