Garlic in a raised bed?
I'm starting garlic for the first time this year.. And putting in our first raised bed to grow it in.
I'd like to share what I think we will do to set up the bed, and looking for advice on if I am making major mistakes or helpful additions to the plan.
I have had the area the bed will be going into under black plastic since last midsummer. The earth itself is a fairly light sandy loam. It's in a very sunny with some dappled evening shade location.
We are going to be building a 10 inch deep bed around 6x6 to 8x8. We have some boards for it, I haven't measured off the final dimensions yet. It's using scrap wood.
We have a huge heap of a couple year old horse manure the neighbor kindly dropped off for me, and soon I will have tons of leaves to add in from some sugar maples and fruit trees.
I was thinking of digging down the bed by 6 inches or so and setting the dirt on a tarp to mix with an equal amount of the compost. Line the bottom of the hole with newspaper first and then a thick layer of leaves, then wet it all down well. Fill the rest of the box in with the removed dirt and compost mix. Mulch over with either more leaves or more newspaper.
I have wood ashes and ground eggshells to dig in if needed. And several gallons of water siphoned off from cleaning the fish tank. Lots of kitchen scraps and a bunch of coffee and tea drinking leftovers. Not sure what else would be needed for possible amendments.
The garlic I was given to try growing is Russian Giant, Leningrad, and Up North, all hardneck kinds I think. A head of each. If I have room in the bed I want to try some other garlic too if anyone is willing to trade me some or I find something locally.
I think I'm going to try square foot planting for this bed, giving all bulbs 6 inches between each other. I don't think doing rows in this size box will work very well.
So any advice about how I plan on setting up this bed would be helpful. Thanks in advance.