Planting distance for garlic.

rvdbDecember 27, 2008

This season I planted my garlic on ridges, centered on 83cm (33 inches). On top of each ridge I planted a double row. In the row I held a distance of 15 cm (6 inches). Yet, I wonder if, next season, I could plant three rows on a ridge. At the base the ridges are 50 cm (20 inches) wide. Do you think that, as a consequence, the dimensions of the bulbs coul suffer at harvest? The soil in my vegetable garden is a quite fertile loam which has been regularly amended whith horse manure and catch-crops such as rye. I also rotate the garlic bed in an eight year cycle.

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baygrower(7 maryland)

I did this with onions this year(3 inches apart) and saved alot of extra work(making trenches).I always plant staggered(first row starts at 0, second row at 6 inch, third back to 0), with 6 inches in all direction for garlic and its been plenty of room.I do keep my ridges minimal height ,as wind can be rough here.Your idea sounds good to me and adding a few inches in row width is worth the yield, your soil is well taken care of.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2008 at 4:38PM
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rvdb

Thanks, baygrower. Your suggestion to keep the ridges at a minimal height sounds intresting. I have the impression I made mine a bit too sharp this year. Next year I certainly will apply the planting in a staggered pattern.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 3:33AM
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baygrower(7 maryland)

The staggered pattern i mentioned was a bit off.I start first row at beggining of measuring tape and plant second row at 3 inch or so and third row at beggining of tape.It just gives me alittle more room for roots on the diagnols,as the roots tend to fill up the trench.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 11:22PM
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